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THE substance of these Brief Sketches of 
the four churches in the parishes of Booters- 
town and Donnybrook lately appeared in 
the Christian Examiner, under the title of 
" Sketches of Suburban Churches" (Nos. I.- 
IV.) ; and having been carefully revised and 
enlarged by the writer, they are now pro- 
duced in a permanent form. A view of 
Booterstown Church (from the Cross-avenue) 
is prefixed ; but, as it does not convey an 
exact idea of the adjacent grounds, as they are 
at present, it is right to mention that many 
improvements have been effected since the 
copperplate was engraved ; and particularly, 
that the Right Honourable Sidney Herbert, 
M.P., in the year 1854, added considerably 


to the grounds, and made a new and 
handsome approach from Mount Merrion- 
a venue. A view of the church on an enlarged 
scale, with descriptive particulars, has likewise 
appeared in the Church of England Magazine, 
vol. xlvi. p. 361 (London, 1859). 

The writer is indebted for several interest- 
ing particulars to the long-continued labours 
of Mr. D' Alton, who, in his " History of the 
County of Dublin," " Memoirs of the Arch- 
bishops of Dublin," and many other well- 
known works, has collected together a vast 
amount of useful information. Some of his 
statements, however, are not a little tinged 
with prejudice (e.g. in his account of the 
late Archbishop Magee, whose advancement 
to almost the highest ecclesiastical dignity in 
Ireland was justified, in the general opinion, 
by the eminent service he had performed in 
vindicating the doctrines of his Church, but 
who has been held up to public view as a 
flagrant instance of "arrogant and uncharita- 

ble bigotry") ; while other statements, perhaps 
from the want of proper answers to his in- 
quiries, are incorrect, and consequently leave 
him exposed to critical objections. Thus (to 
take an instance near home), he states in his 
"History of the County of Dublin," p. 861, 
that " the Incumbent [of Booterstown] has 
also a glebe-house and glebe " which unfor- 
tunately is not the case. 

A long and intimate connexion with Don- 
nybrook has enabled the writer to give many 
particulars of that parish ; and having spared 
neither time nor trouble, he hopes that he will 
not be found to be very inaccurate in any of 
his statements. Being indebted to some kind 
friends for assistance, he takes this oppor- 
tunity of acknowledging his obligations. 

1st December, 1859. 

"311 only for to publisfi plaint, 

Cpme past, tptnt present totji; 

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THIS church, dedicated to St. Philip and St. James, 
and beautifully situated in the vicinity of Dublin, 
was consecrated and opened for Divine service on 
Sunday, 16th May, 1824, by the late Dr. Magec, 
Archbishop of the diocese (a) ; the site (with the 
sum of 1,000) having been given by George 
Augustus Earl of Pembroke (&). The parish, which 
is a portion of the corps of the archdeaconry of 
Dublin (c), had been formed out of the parish of 
Donnybrook in the year 1821 (d) ; and the patron- 
age is vested in the Archdeacon. The structure, 
which was designed by Joseph Welland, Esq., and 
completed at the cost of nearly 5,000 (e), is 
handsome, in the later English style, with a square 
embattled tower with crocketed pinnacles at the 
angles, and surmounted by a lofty spire ; the walls 

(a) Notes applicable to the reference-marks will be found in 
the Appendix. 


are strengthened with buttresses terminating in 
pinnacles, and crowned with an embattled parapet. 
In the interior, which accommodates about 500, 
there are monuments to James Digges La louche 
(the early and devoted friend of Sunday Schools in 
Ireland) and Richard Verschoyle, Esqrs. (/) ; and 
also one to the Rev. R. H. Nixon (#), with this 
appropriate inscription : 

" Erected by the parishioners of Booterstown, to the 
memory of the Rev. Robert Herbert Nixon, A.M., who died 
on the 22nd of January, 1857, in the 75th year of his ajre, 
having been for 24 years Incumbent of this parish. Humble 
in his deportment, affectionate and impressive in his teaching, 
and uncompromising in his testimony to the truth, he strik- 
ingly exemplified the mild and attractive graces of the Gos- 
pel. ' Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from 
henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from 
their labours ; and their works do follow them.' Rev. xiv. 

The Rev. James Bulwer was the first Incumbent 
of tho parish ; and Robert Alexander, of Seamount 
(now St. Helen's, the seat of Lord Viscount Gongh), 
and James Digges La Touche, of Sans Souci, Esqrs., 
the first Churdnvanlens. The Rev. Anthony Sil- 
lery, A.M. (" dututgaujhed for singleness of mind, 
genuine piety, unostentatious benevolence, and deep 
learning," and subsequently well known for his great 
exertions in behalf of the Waldenaes), succeeded 
Mr. Hulwer in 1825 ; and during his incumbency, 


which lasted until 1832 (when he effected an ex- 
change with Mr. Nixon, who held the chaplaincy of 
Dr. Steevens' Hospital, Dublin), he established the 
Sunday and Daily Schools, and some of the other 
existing parochial institutions. The inhabitants are 
to this day reaping the fruits of his untiring exer- 
tions in the cause of God. (Ji) 

The parish of Booterstowu (termed Ballybotter, 
Ballyboother, Butterstown, and Boterstone in sun- 
dry old documents) comprises the villages of Boo- 
terstown and Williamstown, and a small part of the 
town of Blackrock, with an area of 541 acres (z) ; 
and forms a very flourishing portion of the large 
Irish estates of the Right Hon. Sidney Herbert, 
M.P., who some years since erected and endowed 
the neighbouring Church of St. John the Evangel- 
ist. The district is on the road from Dublin to 
Kingstown and Bray, and on the southern coast of 
the bay of Dublin, the shores of which here assume 
a highly interesting and picturesque appearance. 
The population, according to the census taken in 
1851, amounted to 3,512 (/) ; of whom about 
1,800 (the number varying considerably in summer 
and winter) are members of the United Church of 
England and Ireland. 



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THIS church, dedicated to St. Mary, is a handsome 
building, in the early style of English architecture, 

with a vaulted roof and lancet-formed windows. () 
It was erected in the year 1827. after a design of 
John Sernple, Esq., at Simraon's-court (likewise 
known as Syraond's-court and Smot's-court) (/), 
close to the river Do.Ller (//') :nnl about midway 
between the adjacent villages of Donnvbrook (in 
former days termed Dovenachbroc and Dona- 
brok) () and Hall's-brid^e. l>y mean- of a loan of 
4,153 IGs. lid., from tlu> late Hoard of First 
Fruits. The tower was surmounted hy a well-pro- 
jmrtiiini'd spire, which was so much damaged l>y 
the dreadful storm in January, 1839, that it was 
soon after taken down ; and it has not as yet lieen 
rebuilt. There is accommodation for about 500 


worshippers ; the attendance, as in all suburban 
churches, being larger in the summer than in the 
winter months. 

The old church, situated in the village from 
which the parish derives its name, and for many 
years surrounded by a highly respectable and thriv- 
ing population, was small and inconvenient : the 
materials of it were sold and removed shortly after 
the opening of the present church ; and of the 
monuments in the interior, not one was rescued 
from destruction ! (o) The graveyard is still in 
use, and contains the dust of many distinguished 
individuals, being " rich," according to Archdeacon 
Cotton, " in buried ecclesiastics." Of the laity we 
may specify sundry members of the Fitzwilliam 
family (now represented by the Right Hon. Sidney 
Herbert) ; Sir Edward Lovet Pearce, " a celebrated 
architect, and the builder of the Irish Parliament- 
house of his day" [ob. 1733] (p) ; Bartholomew 
Mosse, M.D., founder of the Dublin Lying-in Hos- 
pital [ob. 1759] (q) ; and the Rt. Hon. John Rad- 
cliff, LL.D., Judge of the Prerogative Court [ob. 
1843] (r) ; and of the clergy, Archbishop King [ob. 
1729], Bishop Clayton [ob. 1758], and Dean 
Graves, Regius Professor of Divinity [ob. 1829]. 
Tombstones, with particulars (which will soon, we 
hope, be regularly placed on record, in compliance 


with the notice of the Society of Antiquaries of Lon- 
don), cover the remains of Bishop Clayton and Dean 
Graves (s). Nothing, however, marks the grave 
of Archbishop King, who, whether we regard him 
as a prelate, a scholar, or a man of genius, is en- 
titled to a place in the foremost rank of eminent 
Irishmen; and in the Register of Burials (t) 
merely this concise entry appears : 

"Buried, Archbishop King, May 10th, 1729.' M 

Within the limits of the parish, and close to 
Sandford (t?), is a truly valuable and inn-resting 
institution the Hospital for Incurables. " The 
establishment of hospitals for the relief of the poor 
is, perhaps, one of the most judicious efforts of the 
human mind. It is to alleviate at once the two 
most afflicting incidents of human life, and to disarm 
of their seventy the associated evils of poverty and 
distemper. But there is yet a stage of wivtdied- 
ness beyond the scope of ordinary hospitals. The 
unhappy object may lie afflicted with a distemper 
which no medical aid can eradicate, and he then no 
longer finds an asylum." It is well known that Lord 
Mornington, father of the late Duke of Welling- 
ton (M>), was the first to interest himself, with 
effect, for this sorely afflicted cla<s of our fellow- 
creatures ; and that lie conceived the happy idea of 


converting his musical talents into a source of 
charity, and of appealing to public benevolence 
through the medium of his favourite science. The 
Hospital for Incurables was opened hi Fleet-street, 
Dublin, in 1743, and was soon after transferred 
to Townseud-street, and thence, in 1792, to its 
present healthful situation. Deriving a very in- 
adequate annual grant from the public funds, it 
well deserves, and stands much in need of, Chris- 
tian sympathy and support (a;). 

Any notice of the parish would certainly be in- 
complete without a reference to Donnybrook F&ir(y). 
Happily, indeed, through the exertions of some 
philanthropic individuals the patent has been pur- 
chased within the last few years for 3,000, and 
though there still is a very large concourse of the 
lower classes at the usual time in the neighbour- 
hood, and a lamentable amount of dissipation, the 
Fair has been abolished. And was there not 
good reason for its abolition ? Notwithstanding 
ingenious and unholy attempts, on the part of 
humourists and ballad-writers, to palliate it by the 
play of wit and the drollery of fantastic description, 
" it was for generations a perfect prodigy of moral 
horrors, a concentration of disgrace upon, not Ireland 
alone, but civilized Europe." A foreigner, Prince 
Puckler Muskau, who looked at the saturnalia, said, 


" A third part of the public lay, or rather rolled 
about, druuk ; others ate, screamed, shouted, and 
fought." And a graphic anonymous writer, after 
instancing the various descriptions of low buftbonery, 
outrageous indecency, and uproarious rioting, re- 
marks : " Amidst what i> considered by some as 
mere merriment and mirth, we venture to say there 
is more misery and madness, devilment and de- 
bauchery, than could be found crowded into an 
equal space of ground in any other part of this our 
globe, or in any other part of Ireland, during five 
times the same space which is spout at Donnybrook, 
in one given year ; and, be it remembered, the scenes 
here described are those which take place during the 
light of day ; the orgies of the night, when every 
species of dissipation and profligacy is practised 
without restraint, may be better imagined than 
described." Thanks to the public authorities, the 
nuisance had of late years considerably abated ; but, 
nevertheless, there >till remained far more than 
enough to give the locality an unenviable notoriety 
over the face of the globe. 

The parish of Donnybrook, with an area f 
1687 acres, but yielding an inadequate income to the 
Incumbent, forms a large portion of the corps of the 
archdeaconry of Dublin, and lias hudy been consti- 
tuted a perpetual curacv. the patronage being \r-ted 


in the Archdeacon. Lying on the south-east side of 
the city, it embraces the villages of Donnybrook, 
Glonskeagh, Ball's-bridge, Ringsend, Irishtown, San- 
dymount, and Merrion. It has a good sprinkling of 
mansions and villas ; and presents, over much of its 
area, a medium character between town and 
country (z). The population, according to the 
census taken in 1851, amounted to 11,178 (ad), of 
whom the great majority of the upper classes, and 
a large proportion of the lower, are members of the 
United Church of England and Ireland. 

There are many interesting particulars connected 
with Sandymount, Merrion, Ringsend, and Irish- 
town, which we shall reserve for the Sketches of 
the new Church of St. John the Evangelist, Sandy- 
mount, and the old Royal Chapel of St. Matthew, 


THIS church, dedicated to St. John the Evangelist, 
is in the parish of Donnybrook, close to the sea- 
shore, and midway between the villages of Sandy- 


mount and Merrion ; and is a specimen of the Anglo- 
Norman style of architecture, which has likewise been 
designated the Romanesque, the predominance of ho- 
rizontal lines marking its classical origin. Having 
been erected and endowed at the sole expense of 
the Right Hon. Sidney Herbert, to whom almost 
the entire district belongs, it was opened for Divine 
service on Sunday, 24th March, 18,30, by license 
from the Archbishop of the diocese, who preached 
on the occasion, and with whom the Domination to 
the chaplaincy rested. It was subsequently con- 
secrated by his Grace, the necessary arrangements 
respecting the grant of the ground not having been 
completed in the first instance ; and standing alone, 
forms a conspicuous object from the Dublin and 
Wicklow railway. 

In tliis building, which accommodates aboat 500, 
and (if which the Kcv. William dc Burgh, D.D., is 
the first Chaplain, may be seen many of the dis- 
tinctive characteristics of the Anglo-Norman >t vie ; 
and as buildings like it are by no means common in 
Ireland, we think it well to give, in the words of a 
friend, a brief description of its principal features. 

The semicircular arches channelled with chevron 
and other mouldings the strong, massive, circular 
piers or pillars ilie doorways deeply recessed, and 
composed of a succession of receding arches, more 


or less enriched in the soffits and faces, with diffe- 
rent sculptured mouldings these are distinctive 
characteristics of the period. The walls are of great 
thickness, and composed of external facings of cut 
stone, imported from Caen, the space between 
being filled with pointed rubble masonry. The 
narrow, oblong, and semicircular windows are only 
ornamented externally by a single shaft, and a suc- 
cession of carved mouldings ; and, from the small 
size of the apertures, and their distance from each 
other, they impart an appearance of solidity to the 
structure. The turret, or pinnacle (the summit of 
which is reached by a winding stone staircase), is 
placed at the north-west angle, and consists of a 
cylindrical shaft with a conical capping, pierced 
by narrow windows. The tower, which is entered 
from the turret, is short and massive, with a pyra- 
midical stone roof with overhanging eaves, on the 
four angles of which are sculptured symbolical 
figures, representing serpents and chimera. The 
buttresses, alternating with the windows, resemble 
flat pilasters, being a mass of masonry, with a broad 
surface slightly projecting from the walls. The in- 
terior, which is of beautiful workmanship, consists 
of a nave and side aisles, terminating with a semi- 
circular apse, which forms the chancel, with stained- 
glass windows. The roof is open, and of wood ; 


and the pulpit, which is placed at the south side of 
the nave, below the steps to the chancel, is of Caen 
stone, and elaborately carved, the reading-desk 
being in the opposite angle. In the nave are eight 
plain massive pillars of the same stone, with chisel- 
led capitals, supporting the same number of arches, 
decorated with chevron, or zig-zag, and other 
mouldings ; and the seats, which are so arranged as 
to form three aisles a centre and two sides are 
open benches, facing the chancel, and furnished 
with stools for kneeling forward. The more objec- 
tionable can-ings were removed previous to the 
consecration of the building, in compliance with the 
strongly-expressed opinion of the Archbishop. 

Sandymount, according to the " Parliamentary 
Gazetteer of Ireland " (1846) " was at one time a 
poor place ; but it became much improved, acquired 
many good houses, and boasted the presence, in 
summer, of numerous sea-bathing families from a 
distance ; yet, while still possessed of much elegance, 
and in all respects very superior as a village to its 
neighbours Irishtown, Riogsend, BalPs-bridge, and 
Donnybrook it is far from being unqualifiedly re- 
spectable or pleasant." Various improvements have 
of late years been effected upon an extensive >r,i] r ; 
and the locality, furnished with manv new and largo 
dwelling-houses, and frequented throughout the year 


by a respectable population, is unquestionably a 
thriving and agreeable suburb. 

Merrion, formerly spelt Meryon, or Meryonge (as, 
for example, in the inscription on the " handsome 
tomb of black marble " of Oliver Fitzwilliam, Earl 
of Tyrconnel, which was " in the chapel of the fa- 
mily's foundation in Donnybrooke-Church ") (Ji), 
is in the south-east quarter of the parish, and almost 
adjoins Booterstown, a very narrow portion of the 
parish of Taney (otherwise Tawney, or Tacheny) 
intervening. Here are several mansions and villas, 
and the first station of the Dublin and Wicklow 
railway ; and here likewise an old graveyard, in 
which interments still take place ; but when it was 
consecrated, and by whom, remains a mystery. There 
is in it, among other tombstones, one of some inte- 
rest, erected by order of the Earl of Harrington, 
Commander of the Forces in Ireland, to the memory 
of a large number of soldiers, chiefly volunteers from 
the South Mayo Militia into the 18th regiment of the 
Line, who were lost on the night of the 19th of No- 
vember, 1807 (when the Prince of "Wales packet was 
wrecked at Dunleary, and the Rochdale transport at 
Blackrock), and whose bodies, having been washed 
on the neighbouring shore, were buried in this 
place (cc). 

According to the census taken in 1851, the 


population of Sandymount (included in the general 
return of the parish) amounted to 1,419, with an 
area of 243 acres; and that of Men-ion to 725, with 
an area of 197 acres. The number of inhabitants 
is now much larger, the majority of them being 
members of the United Church of England and Ire- 



THIS church, properly designated "The Royal 
Chapel of St. Matthew, Ringseud," but more gene- 
rally known by the name we have prefixed, is a 
royal donative chapclry, situated in the parish of 
I) miiyliroiik, without cure of souls, but subject 
to jurisdiction. It was erected in the 
reign of Queen Anne (but at what cost, and from 
what funds, is unknown), for the revenue officers 
and other inhabitants of I'ingsend, who were " not 
only distant from Doiialiroko, their parish church, 
but prevented from resorting thither by tides and 


waters overflowing the highway." Certainly it 
cannot be commended for architectural beauty, 
neither outwardly nor inwardly, its most prominent 
feature being an unsightly square tower ; it, how- 
ever, accommodates about 500 (the Protestant sol- 
diers from Beggarsbush Barracks attending), and is 
in a quarter where a church is much required ; and 
it is kept in very good repair by the Board of Public 
Works. The income of the Chaplain and other 
expenses are defrayed by an annual Parliamentary 
grant. In November, 1854, the present Chaplain 
kindly complied with the request of the clergymen 
of the Parish Church ; and, accordingly, Divine 
service has been conducted by them in both 
churches every Sunday evening. 

Riugsend, according to O'Halloran, was origi- 
nally called Rinn-Aun, signifying " the point of the 
tide," from its situation by the sea-side, at the 
confluence of the Dodder with the LifFey (dd). Like 
many other writers, Loi'd Blayney, in his scarce 
volume, entitled " Sequel to a Narrative" (1816), 
has given a very unfavourable report of its condi- 
tion. " On approaching the town [Dublin] you 
pass through a vile, filthy, and disgraceful-looking 
village, called Ringsend. This village [from which 
a mole, called the South-wall, and 17,754 feet in 
length, extends to the Pigeon-house and the Light- 


house (ee), and which was for a long period the chief 
landing and embarking place of Dublin] must make 
a deep impression on a stranger, certainly giving all 
the force and all the charm of interest to the 
grandeur and appearance of the interior of the 
town." And, according to the " Parliamentary 
Gazetteer of Ireland " (1846), it is a " dingy, dirty, 
disagreeable place ; and jointly with Irishtown, 
forms one of the most befilthified skirts of the city." 
Nevertheless, as a few facts out of many will 
suffice to prove, it is a locality of some little 
note in Irish history. In November, 1646, the 
Parliamentary forces landed at Ring-send ; and * 
in August, 1649, Oliver Cromwell, Lord Lieu- 
tenant of Ireland, with a formidable array of 
men and all the necessaries of war. In 1670, 
John Lord Berkeley, Baron of Stratton, Lord 
Lieutenant, landed here. In April, 1690, King 
James II. (as Stoiy graphically describes the scene 
in his ' Impartial History of the Wars of Ireland," 
p. 58), visited the village (ff)* In December* 
1691, when De Ginckel was departing for England, 
the Lords Justices, and most of the nobility and 
gentry in and about Dublin, accompanied him to 
lliii^seinl, where he went on board the .Moiunonth 
yacht, and sailed next morning for England. And 
in 1709, Thomas Earl of Wharton, Lord Lietite- 


nant, landed here. In fact, from an early to a recent 
date, Ringsend was necessarily visited by almost all 
who crossed the channel between England and the 
Irish metropolis ; and, therefore, its name frequently 
appears in connexion with different personages and 
events. Though it may have been much better in 
former days (when it was a celebrated bathing re- 
sort of the citizens, and afforded, for their accom- 
modation, the public vehicles known as " Rings- 
end cars ") (gg\ it was undoubtedly, in our recollec- 
tion, a very wretched-looking place, and it still is 
open to serious objection ; but, owing to the well- 
directed plans of its wealthy proprietor, it presents 
a greatly-improved appearance within the last few 
years, and promises to become a more respectable 
and pleasing suburb. 

Only a few hundred yards to the south of Rings- 
end lies the village of Irishtown, in which, as before 
stated, we find the Royal Chapel of St. Matthew, 
Ringsend. In the building there are not any 
monuments of much note (M) ; while in the grave- 
yard are interred, amongst many others, the Rev. 
John Borough, first minister of "this royal chapel " 
[ob. 1726] ; Sir James Foulis, Bart., of Colinton, 
N.B. [ob. 1821] ; and Mr. John Macnamara, for- 
merly of Coolnahella, in the county of Clare, and 
latterly of Sandymouut, whose well-known collec- 


tion of Irish MSS. was dispersed on his death in 
1822. A reference to Brooking's curious " Map of 
the City and Suburbs of Dublin, and also the Arch- 
bishop and Earl of Heath's Liberties, with the 
bounds of each Parish" (1728), will show the 
great changes that have taken place in the neigh- 
bourhood during the last century. Irishtown and 
its church are represented in the map as almost 
surrounded by the sea, from which no small extent 
of ground has been since reclaimed ; and the 
desolate appearance of the country along the south- 
east side of the bay of Dublin, now so very thickly 
inhabited, is particularly striking. As a village, 
Irishtown is superior to Ringsend, and is stoadily 
improving under Mr. Herbert's care ; and from its 
proximity to Dublin and the sea, it is much fre- 
quented by strangers during the summer month*. 

According to the census taken in 1851, the popu- 
lation of Ringsend (included in the general return 
of the parish) amounted to 2,OG4, with an area of 
54 acres ; and that of Irishtown to 1,244, with an 
area of 57 acres. There are more Protestants of 
the lower classes (for the most part of English 
origin) in Ringsend than in any other quarter of the 


Note (a), p. 7. 

ing is an extract from the Act of Consecration : 

"We also consecrate the said church to the honor of God 
and holy uses by the name of the Parish Church of Booters- 
town, or the Church of Saint Philip and Saint James, Booters- 
town. And We do pronounce, decree, and declare, that the 
same hath been, and is, so consecrated, and that it ought so 
to remain to future times, openly and publickly reserving 
nevertheless unto Us and our successors, Archbishops of Dub- 
lin and Bishops of Glandelagh, a power of visiting the said 
church when We shall think it our office so to do, in order 
that We may see whether the same be taken care of in its 
repairs and ornaments, and whether all things be observed 
therein canonically and orderly ; but as to all the rest of the 
premises, We, by these presents, do decree and confirm the 
same, as much as in Us lies, and by law We can, for Us and 
our successors, Archbishops of Dublin and Bishops of Glan- 
delagh. In testimony whereof We have caused our archie- 
piscopal seal to be hereunto affixed the sixteenth day of May, 
in the year of our Lord One Thousand, Eight Hundred, and 

" W. DUBLIN." 

The Yen. John Torrens, A.M. (afterwards D.D.), Arch- 
deacon of Dublin, was the preacher. 

Note (b), p. 7. 

GRANT OF THE SITE. The following is an extract from 
the Deed of Conveyance of Ground by the late George Au- 


gust us Earl of Pembroke and Montgomery, dated 29th June, 

"Provided always that this present grant and conveyance 
is made upon the express conditions, that a church for the 
celebration of Divine worship according to the rites and 
ceremonies of the Established Protestant religion, and to be 
deemed and considered the chapel or church of the said new- 
parish, district, or cure of Booterstown aforesaid, be erected 
upon said piece of land with all convenient speed ; and also 
that no part of said ground shall at any time bs connected to, 
or used for the purpose of, a cemetery, or place of burial, 
within the walls of said church when erected, or without the 
same ; and also that in case it shall happen at any time here- 
after that the said piece or parcel of ground, and the build- 
ings thereon erected, shall be used for any other than the 
purpose hereby declared and intended as aforesaid, then upon 
any of the said events this present grant and conveyance 
shall become, and be considered absolutely null and void to 
all intents and purposes whatsoever." 

As already stated, Mr. Herbert has since made a consider- 
able addition to the church-grounds, with a new and hand- 
some approach from Mount Merrion-avenue. A large num- 
ber of wretched habitations, which were neither an ornament 
nor a benefit to the neighbourhood, disappeared about the 
same time from this locality. 

Note (c), p. 7. 

THB ARCHDEACONRY OP DUBLIN For some particulars 
of the archdeaconry of Dublin, see Monck Mason's " History 
of St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin," p. 44 ; and Erck's 
"Irish Ecclesiastical Register" (1830), p. 83. Archdeacon 
Cotton gives in his " Fasti Ecclesiae Hibernica;," Vol. II., 
pp. 127-132, the succession of the Archdeacons of Dublin, 
from the year 1180. 

Note (d), p. 1. 

is an extract from the Deed : 

" Whereas the Reverend John Torrens, Archdeacon of Dub- 
lin, the Curate or Incumbent of said parish of Donnybrook, 
hath consented by writing or instrument under his hand and 
seal at the foot of these presents, that the several lands par- 
ticularly set out and described in the map or survey annexed 
to these presents, and situate in said parish of Donnybrook, 
be separated pursuant to said Act from the remaining part of 
said parish of Donnybrook, and annexed to the aforesaid 
church of Booterstown, and erected into a new parish, dis- 
tinct from the said parish of Donnybrook, and which new 
parish shall be called and known by the name of the Parish 
of Booterstown, We, the Most Reverend Father in God, John 
George, by Divine Providence Archbishop of Dublin, Primate 
and Metropolitan of Ireland, and Bishop of Glandelagh, in 
whose diocese the said parish lies, have pursuant to the power 
and authority to Us in this behalf given, with the consent of 
the said Incumbent, agreed, directed, ordered, consented, and 
ascertained, and do by these presents agree, declare, direct, 
order, consent, and ascertain, that the said several lands par- 
ticularly described and set forth in a map annexed to these 
presents, that is to say, All That and Those the townlands 
of Booterstown, situate in the county and diocese of Dublin 
aforesaid, containing 289A. 2R. 27P. [Irish], be the same 
more or less (meared and bounded as follows, that is to say, 
on the north by lands in the possession of Thomas Thorpe 
Franks, Esq., the representatives of the late Judge Fox, and 
Mr. Alford ; on the east by the sea ; on the south partly by 
the Blackrock, and partly by lands in the possession of the 
Right Hon. William Saurin, John Verschoyle, and John 
O'Neill, Esquires ; and on the west by the high-road leading 
from Stillorgan to Dublin), be and are hereby for ever sepa- 
rated, pursuant to said recited Act, from the remaining part 
of said parish of Donnybrook, and annexed to said church of 
Booterstown ; and We do accordingly erect the same into a 
new parish or cure, to be called and known by the name of 
the Parish of Booterstown ; and that the said parish of Boo- 
terstown is, and shall be, and continue from henceforth, a se- 
parate and distinct parish from the said parish of Donnybrook. 


And We do constitute, appoint, and declare that the said 
church and district of Booterstown is, and from henceforth 
shall be, and continue for ever, a perpetual cure within the 
meaning of the said Act ; and that the curate of said church 
and his successors, when and as duly nominated and licensed, 
is, and do, and shall be perpetual curates from henceforth for 
ever of the said church or new parish, and capalile of receiv- 
ing endowments from all persons and bodies politic and cor- 
porate, agreeably to said recited Act and the laws now in 

It maybe well to observe, that by an improvident arrange- 
ment of long standing the Incumbent of the adjoining parish 
of Monkstown receives the tithe rent-charge of Booterstown, 
though there never has been any connexion between the 
parishes. Accordingly, when Booterstown was separated 
from Donnybrook, it was found necessary to provide an in- 
come for the new Incumbent from some other source ; and 
with Lord Pembroke's 1,000, and other money in hand, 
ground-rents in College-street and Fleet-street, Dublin, were 
purchased in 1821 from the Commissioners of Wide Streets 
for the sum of 1,333 6s. 8d., in the names of Robert Alex- 
ander and James Digges La Touche, Esquires, as detailed in 
the Deed of Endowment. These rents, amounting to .80 
Irish per annum, form (with one or two small additions from 
other sources) the income of the incumbency of Booterstown. 


many other documents belonging to the parish, there is one 
relative to the cost of building the church, &c., with this 
note by Mr. Sillery : 

" The following document was found amongst the papers 
left by the late James Digges La Touche respecting the build- 
ing of the church, and is worth preserving, being the only 
document which I could find, that conveys an account of the 
expense attending the building, &c." 

Mr. Sillery, in his care of parochial documents, has set a 
good example to many of his brethren in the ministry. 

As stated in the " Fourth Report on Ecclesiastical Ee- 
venue and Patronage, Ireland" (1837), p. 19, the cost was 
"4,615 7s. Sid., British; whereof 3,230 los. 4Jd. was 
granted as gift, and 4G1 10s. 9d. as loan, by the late 
Board of First Fruits, and the residue of 923 Is. 6Jd. 
was raised by private subscriptions. Of the loan aforesaid, 
there remained 332 6s. Id. chargeable on the parish in 
1832, repayable by annual instalments of 18 9s. 2d." 

Note 0,p.8. 

JAMES DIGGES LA TOUCHE, ESQ The following inscrip- 
tion is on his monument : 

" Sacred to the memory of James Digges La Touche, Esq., 
of Sans Souci, in this parish. ' To him to live was Christ, 
and to die was gain.' Gifted with great and rare endow- 
ments, he dedicated them all to the service of God. In his 
public life, fervent zeal for the advancement of religion was 
regulated by the humility of a heavenly wisdom, and consis- 
tency of life, with all Christian graces, adorned and illustrated 
the power of his faith. His was the charity that ' beareth, 
believeth, hopeth ;' while jealousy for the honour of God, and 
love to the souls of men, made him faithful to admonish. To 
the Sunday School Society for Ireland, of which he was gra- 
tuitous Secretary and Guardian for eighteen years, he devoted 
much of his heart, his time, his talents ; ami with holy joy 
he beheld it spreading its transforming power over this his 
beloved country. In the domestic circle he was the source, 
the life, the centre of an elevating and spiritual influence. In 
early youth he entered the service of a holy Master, and found 
in that service during his maturer years the felicity of per- 
fect freedom. In the prime of life, aged thirty-eight, his 
work was done ; and when his soul was required by the 
Lord, he knew the voice of the Good Shepherd, and was ' not 
afraid.' He entered into glory, Dec. 1 3th, 1826. ' Blessed 
are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth : Yea, 
saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours ; and 
their works do follow them.' " 


For particulars of his character, see a " Sermon preached 
in Booterstown Church, on Sunday, December 17, 1S2G, 
noticing the lamented death of James Digges La Touche, 
Esq.," by the Rev. A. Sillery. (Dublin, 1827.) 

RICHARD VERSCHOYLE, ESQ The following inscription 
is on his monument: 

" Sacred to the memory of Richard Verschoyle, of Mount 
Merrion, who departed this life on the 27th of August, 1827, 
at Brighton, where, at his own desire, his mortal remains are 
deposited in a vault in the Parish Church. His unexampled 
fortitude at the awful moment of being summoned into eter- 
nity proved the feelings of a truly religions confidence in the 
mercy of his Creator. As a sincere and steady friend possess- 
ing a mind richly stored with intellectual knowledge, he died 
universally lamented by an extended circle of acquaintance, 
and has left a blank in society, as a social and esteemed com- 
panion, not easily to be filled up. This tribute of attachment 
is erected by his afflicted widow in memory of the best of 
husbands, whose many virtues must ever live in her heart, 
and who looks forward in the hope of again meeting him in 
a place of everlasting bliss. 1 ' 

THE REV. R. H. Nixox. " On Thursday morning, the 
22nd of January, the Rev. Robert Herbert Nixon entered 
into rest, in the seventy- fifth year of his age. He has not 
left his surviving friends without that sense of comfort which 
springs from a true believer's course on earth; and confident 
may they be, ' in sure and certain hope of the Resurrection 
to eternal life through our Lord Jesus Christ,' that he is en- 
joying the blessed consummation of the prayer so beautifully 
expressed in Cowper's hymn : 

' Oh ! for a closer walk with 0<vl, 

A calm and heavenly frame i 

A light to chine upon the road 

That leads me to the Lamb f 


Long will he be remembered in connexion with many a 
Christian effort. And though he be now removed far beyond 
the reach of human praise, yet the principle from which these 
efforts sprang the spirit of charity, evidenced by these works 
of love, has passed with him through the grave ; and, puri- 
fied from the alloy of human infirmities, it shall beautify his 
immortal nature, and shine forth with new splendour in the 
realms of glory. And (as one who knew him intimately has 
observed) ' when our minds revert to his Christian character 
and kindly feelings, be it ours to walk by the same rule to 
imitate those features, in which he so strikingly exemplified 
the mild and attractive graces of the Gospel. Let our wishes 
for ourselves be moderate, as were his ; our motives simple, 
our kindness unfeigned, our hopes in heaven ; let us love as 
brethren ; and the God of love and peace shall be with us. 
In the flesh we shall see his face no more. But may this se- 
paration be succeeded by a joyful welcome in the world of 
spirits the welcome of that glorious day when the redeemed 
shall meet together before the throne of Jesus.' " From the 
Nineteenth Annual Report of the Boater stown and Blaclcrock 
Missionary Association. 

In the Church of England Magazine, Vol. XLII., p. 207, 
may be found a sketch of " The Veteran," by an old friend, 
the Rev. Denis Kelly, Minister of Trinity Church, Gough- 
square, London. Mr. Nixon's remains were deposited in a 
family-vault in Mount Jerome Cemetery. 

Note (h), p. 9. 

THE RET. ANTHONY SILLEEY In the Christian Exami- 
ner (Nos. for December, 1851, and February and July, 1852) 
there is an interesting biographical sketch of this exemplary 
servant of God, by one " who knew him the longest and 
the most intimately," and who thus speaks of his appoint- 
ment to Booterstown : 

" He had now obtained the great object of his desires the 


cure of souls in the Established Church ; and he entered on 
his duties with earnest and devoted zeal. The circumstances 
of this parish were such as peculiarly suited his taste. It 
was in the country, yet so close to the city as to give him all 
the advantages of a town life. A church had just been erected 
in it at a cost of nearly 5,000, which for elegance of struc- 
ture (though small; far surpassed anything of the kind in the 
vicinity of Dublin. Tlie parish was beautifully situated on 
the bay of Dublin, and contained numerous villas, where fa- 
milies of distinction resided, amongst whom he could enjoy 
refined and intellectual society ; and it had a large number 
of poor inhabitants to keep in exercise his actis-e benevolence. 
Some of the parishioners were men of piety and Christian 
zeal, ready to unite with him in everything useful. Of these 
one may be named, the late James Digges La Touche, of Sans 
Souci, well known for his talents and piety ; and whose valu- 
able efforts, especially in the cause of Sunday Schools, won 
for him universal admiration and esteem. . . . He en- 
tered on the duties of this parish with all his heart. He 
brought its then existing institutions to perfection ; he es- 
tablished others. He was loved and respected by the rich, 
and became the idol of the poor. To this day, though he 
was there only seven years, and his connexion with it ceased 
nineteen years ago, the recollection of him is cherished with 
a freshness of affection truly surprising. His name is pro- 
nounced with a blessing by the poor man, and his example 
appealed to as a pattern for all imitation." 

Over bis remains in Mount Jerome Cemetery, near the 
centre of the grounds, is a neat and appropriate tombstone, 
with the following inscription : 

" Sacred to the memory of the Rev. A. Sillery, who died 
March 4, 1851, aged sixty-three. He was distinguished for 
singleness of mind, genuine piety, unostentatious benevolence, 
and deep learning." 

Note (z), p. 9. 

of this parish (partly in the barony of Dublin, but chiefly 
in the half-barony of Rathdown), which are well defined in 


the Ordnance Survey, the following, with other avenues, are 
comprised: Blackrock-road, from Trimleston, Merrion, to 
Hogan's - lane, Blackrock ; George's-avenue (one side) ; 
Avoca-avenue (one side) ; Grove-avenue ; Mount Merrion- 
avenue ; Waltham- terrace ; Sydney-avenue ; Cross-avenue ; 
Southhill-avenue ; Stillorgan-road, from Mount Merrion to 
Seafield ; Booterstown-avenue ; Gardiner's-row ; Williams- 
town-avenue ; and Castledawson-avenue. Carysfort Church, 
Blackrock (formerly called the Blackstone), is in the parish 
of Monkstown, only a few yards beyond the bounds of the 
parish of Booterstown. 

Amongst the principal residences are St. Helen's, of Gen. 
Lord Viscount Gough ; Sans Souci, of Surgeon O'Reilly ; Col- 
legnes, of Mrs. D'Olier ; Rosemount, of Hugh O'Callaghan, 
Esq. ; Cherbury, of Charles Meara, Esq. ; Temora, of Mrs. 
Purdy ; Palermo, of Miss Hudson ; Southhill, of James 
Apjohn, Esq., M.D. ; Rokeby, of the Rev. B. H. Blacker ; 
Rockville, of Charles Hopes, Esq. ; Marino, of Mrs. Nixon ; 
Glenvar, of John Barrington, Esq. ; Beaumont, of Arthur 
Ormsby, Esq. ; Gracefield, of William H. Robinson, Esq. ; 
Avoca Lodge, of George Stormont, Esq. ; Frescati, of John 
Plunkett, Esq. ; Deepwell, of Mrs. Guinness ; Lisalea, of 
James W. Macauley, Esq., M.D.: Lisaniskea, of Frederic 
Willis, Esq. ; Pembroke House, of Major Fry ; Peafield 
House, of the Rev. P. N. Kearney ; Ruby Lodge, of Thos. 
Bradley, Esq. ; Rosefield, of Edmund M. Kelly, Esq. ; Cas- 
tledawson (vacant) ; Williamstown Castle, of George An- 
drews, Esq. ; Willow Park, of Henry Bewley, Esq. ; Chester- 
field (vacant) ; Bellevue, of Edward Browne, Esq. ; Lota, 
of Lady O'Donel ; Clareville, of John Bolton Massey, Esq. ; 
and Dawson Court, of William O'Connor Morris, Esq. 

There is amongst the parish documents a " transcript of 
map and survey made by Messrs. Sherrard, Brassington, and 
Green, 1820, and attached to the Deed for erecting the 
townland of Booterstown into a parish of ease to St Mary's, 
Donnybrook, which was comprised of the townlands of Sim- 



monscourt, 110A., Moyerry, 80A., and Booterstown, 240A. 
(total 430A.), old admeasurement. Taken from an ancient 
record in Headford Library, Trim." But the parish of Don- 
nybrook was then, and is now, even with the loss of Booters- 
town, of wider extent than would appear from the foregoing 

By Act of 5 and 6 Viet. c. 96, the townland of Intake, in 
this parish, has been transferred from the ancient county of 
the city to the new barony of Dublin. 

The exact area of the parish is as follows: 471A. OR. 13p. 
in the half-barony of Rathdown; and 70A. OR. 35p. in the 
barony of Dublin ; total, 541A. IR. 8p. 

Note (j), p. 9. 


55 Geo. III. afforded the first opportunity of ascertaining the 
population of Ireland by the actual enumeration of its inhabi- 
tants, carried on under the sanction of the Legislature ; and 
consequently the census taken in the year 1821 is the first 
authentic statement of the actual number of souls in Ireland. 
In this year, however, no separate return was made for the 
parish of Booterstown, the numbors being included in the 
return for Donnybrook. " The number of houses and souls 
in the village of Williamstown is not specified ; but Booters- 
town is returned as containing 158 houses." 

In 1831, when the next census was taken, the population 
amounted to 3,549 ; comprising 1,454 males and 2,095 fe- 
males; forming 595 families; and occupying 451 houses. 
There were also 46 houses uninhabited or building. 

In 1841, the population amounted to 3,318; comprising 
1,312 males and 2,006 females; forming 639 families; and 
occupying 618 houses. There were also 47 houses unin- 
habited or building. 

In 1851, as stated in the text, the population amounted 
to 3,512 ; comprising 1,336 males and 2,176 females ; form- 

NOTES. 35 

ing 701 families; and occupying 570 bouses. There were 
also 60 houses uninhabited or building. 

The foregoing particulars have been carefully gleaned from 
the different Census Reports ; and those who wish to have 
full and satisfactory information are strongly recommended 
to consult the same authorities, and not to give way to the 
ignorant prejudice too commonly entertained against all Par- 
liamentary blue-books. The last Report in particular (com- 
plete in six parts, or ten volumes, 1852-56) contains a vast 
amount of useful and interesting information respecting Ire- 
land from a very early period to the year 1851. 

Note (*), p. 10. 

DONNYBROOK CHURCH A woodcut of this building, 
which is frequently called Simmonscourt Church, is given in 
the Dublin Penny Journal, Vol. I., p. 212. It is there repre- 
sented with its slender spire, as before the great storm in 1839, 
and without any enclosure. The writer has likewise in his 
possession two well-executed drawings by a Dublin artist ; 
and differing in some respects, they give a fair idea of what 
the building was, and what it is. 

The cost of building, as stated in the text, and in the 
" Fourth Report an Ecclesiastical Revenue and Patronage, 
Ireland" (1837), p. 87, was "4,153 16s. lid., British, 
granted [in November, 1825] in way of loan by the late 
Board of First Fruits ; of which loan there remained 3,825 
3s. chargeable on the parish in 1832, repayable by annual 
instalments of 1GG 3s." 

Note (0, p. 10. 

SYMOND'S -COURT TOWKR A view of Symond's-court 

Tower, drawn by T. Cocking in 1790, may be found in 
Grose's " Antiquities of Ireland," Vol. I., p. 21, with a short 
account. This ancient structure was probably built to secure 


the surrounding property of the Dean and Chapter of Christ 
Church from the rapacity of the Wicklow mountaineers, and 
is situated within the grounds of B. M. Tabuteau, Esq. 

Note (m), p. 10. 

THE DODDER. "Dothair (fern.) Dothra. This is the an- 
cient Irish form of the name of the river Dodder, in the county 
of Dublin. The church of Achadh Finiche is described in 
the Feilire JEnguis, at llth of May, and in the Irish calendar 
of the O'Clerys, as on the brink of the Dothair, in the terri- 
tory of Ui Dunchadha, in Leinster." " The Book of Rights," 
edited by Mr. O'Donovan for the Celtic Society, p. 12. n. 

Note (n), p. 10. 

DONNTBROOK. In " Registrum Prioratus Omnium Sanc- 
torum juxta Dublin," edited by Dean Butler for the Irish 
Archaeological Society, frequent mention is made of Donny- 
brook. Of the documents in the Registry, No. L, " Confir- 
macio Gregorii [IX.] spiritualium et temporalium cum certis 
privilegiis et aliis immunitatibus," A.D. 1234, speaks of 
" quadraginta acras sitas in territorio de Donenachbroc [recta 
Dovenachbroc] versus aquilonem ;" No. LXXV., " De Do- 
nabroke," ante 1234 ; No. LXXVI., " De trigenta novem 
acris apud Donabrok," ante 1234; No. LXXVIL, "De 
eadcm terra," A.D. 1298 ; and No. LXXVIIL, " De aqua de 
Dodyr duceuda," &c., A.D. 1307. No. I. in the Appendix, 
from the archives of the city of Dublin, is " De tenemento 
de Donenachbrok." Very absurd is the derivation of the 
name given by Mr. and Mrs. S. C. Hall, in their " Ireland ; 
its Scenery, Character," &c., Vol. II., p. 338 : " ' Don- 
nybrook' the little brook is so called from a mountain 
stream, ' the Dodder,' which runs through the suburb." 

Note (o),p. 11. 

tention being now directed towards the preservation of monu- 
mental inscriptions, I am induced to put the following Query, 
in the hope of an answer from some one of your Irish corres- 
pondents. What became of the materials of the old parish 
church of Donnybrook ? They were very improperly sold, I 
believe, about thirty years ago, shortly after the opening of 
the present parish church, and probably were soon beyond 
recovery. As there were several monuments in the interior 
of the building, not one of which was transferred to the new 
building, or (as far as I am aware) left behind by the pur- 
chaser in the graveyard, it is desirable to ascertain, if possi- 
ble, whether they are still in existence. . . . The large 
iron gates, I may add, serve to ornament and protect a neigh- 
bouring fruit-garden : but the fate of the monuments has so 
far baffled my inquiries." (Notes and Queries, 2nd S., vi. 147.) 
A small portion of one of the walls is standing ; and the old 
baptismal font is preserved in the present building. Mr. 
D' Alton, in his " History of the County of Dublin," p. 801, 
enumerates several, besides those mentioned in the text, who 
have been interred in the churchyard, and whose tomb- 
stones may be found. Accurate copies of many of the 
inscriptions, for which there is not room here, are in the 
writer's possession. For a reference to sundry improvements 
effected in this yard a few years since, see Saunders's News- 
Letter, 12th March, 1847 ; or the Irish Ecclesiastical Jour- 
nal, vol. iv. p. 246. 

Note (p), p. 11. 

M.P. for Katoath, died in his house at Stillorgan (other- 
wise Stacklorgan), in the county of Dublin, in the year 1733, 
and was interred at Donnybrook, where, however, no memo- 
rial of him can be discovered. There also was subsequently 
interred his brother, Lieutenant- General Thomas Pearce, who 
had displayed great courage and abilities in Spain and For- 


tugal, and who, besides being a Privy Councillor, was at once 
Governor, Mayor, and Representative in Parliament of tha 
city of Limerick. Ferrar's " History of Limerick," p. 83. 

Note(q\p. 11. 

BARTHOLOMEW MOSSE, M.D "Several physicians attended 
him, but, finding all their endeavours ineffectual, they advised 
him to return into the country. On this occasion Alderman 
Peter Barre made him the kind offer of his house at Cullens- 
wood (about a mile from town), which the Doctor readily 
accepted ; and there, on the 16th of February following 
[1759], he departed this life in the forty-seventh year of his 
age, and was interred at Donnybrook, leaving the new hos- 
pital a monument to posterity of his surprising perseverance, 
diligence, and ingenuity, and indeed one of the most superb 
architectural ornaments of the great and elegant city of Dub- 
lin." See a " Biographical Memoir of Bartholomew Mosse, 
M.D." (Dublin, 1846.) "We," his biographer adds, "have 
made diligent but unsuccessful search for the tomb of Mosse 
at Donnybrook." 

Note (r), p. 11. 

ing inscription is on his tombstone : 

" Here are interred the mortal remains of the Right Hon. 
John Radcliff, LL.D., who died on the 18th July, 1843. in 
the 78th year of his age. For 27 years he fulfilled the offices 
of Judge of the Prerogative Court and Vicar-General of Dub- 
lin ; during which period he devoted himself witli unexam- 
pled diligence to the publick service, combining abilities of 
the highest order with untiring patience and spotless in- 
tegrity. In him is lost to his family and friends a sincere 
Christian, gifted with the sweetest temper and most affec- 
tionate heart ; and to the poor a sure benefactor. ' Mark 
the perfect man, and behold the upright ; for the end of that 
man is peace ' Psalm xxxvii. 37." 


Dr. Radcliff had been likewise for many years Vicar- 
General of Armagh, in which office he was succeeded by the 
late Rev. George Miller, D.D., author of " Modern History 
Philosophically Illustrated," and of many other publications, 
and whose judgments on points of ecclesiastical law are 
highly ' 

Note (s), p. 12. 

BISHOP CLAYTON The following inscription is still legible 
on a very large stone: 

"Here lyeth y body of Doctor Robert Clayton, Lord 
Bishop of Clogher, who was born in the year 1695, and was 
elected Fellow of Trinity College in 1714. He resigned his 
Fellowship in the year 1728; and the same year married 
Katherine, daughter of Lord Chief Baron Donnellan. Ha 
was promoted to the Bishoprick of Killala in the year 1729, 
and died in 1758, in the 64th year of his age. To enume- 
rate all his amiable qualities would take up too much room 
for this place. His character as a Christian, and abilities as 
a writer, appear by his works. He lived esteemed by good 
men ; he died regretted by many, most lamented by his af- 
flicted widow." 

He was co-opted to a Senior Fellowship in 1724, which he 
resigned on his marriage. In 1733, he was translated from 
the see of Killala to that of Cork and Ross, and thence to 
Clogher in 1745. " A censure [for his peculiar opinions] 
was certain : a deprivation was apprehended. But, before 
the time appointed arrived, he was seized with a nervous 
fever, which brought him to his dissolution [at his house in 
St. Stephen's-green] on the 26th of February, 1758." 
Bishop Mant's " History of the Church of Ireland," VoL II., 
pp. 613-618. 


detailed and interesting Memoir prefixed to ' The Works of 
Richard Graves, D.D., Dean of Ardagh, and Regius Profes- 
sor of Divinity in the University of Dublin ' (4 vols. 8vo.) 


the date of his death is given ; but no mention is made of 
the place of his interment. It may be well, for more reasons 
than one, to record the locality in Notes and Queries ; and 
therefore I am induced to send a copy of an entry in the 
register of burials in the parish of Donnybrook. The follow- 
ing is No. 157 : 

" ' The Very Reverend Richard Graves, of Harcourt- street, 
in the parish of St. Peter [Dublin], aged sixty- five, was 
buried this 3rd day of April, 1829.' 

" A stone, with an inscription, covers ths grave of this 
learned divine and servant of God, in the old churchyard of 
Donuybrook." Notes and Queras, 1st S., x. 203. 

The following is the inscription on the tombstone (much 
broken) over the family- vault : 

" Here are deposited the remains of Matilda Jane, wife of 
Robert James Graves, Esq., M.D., who died Sept. the 1st, 
1825, aged 19 years. 

" Elizabeth Mary, wife of the Rev. Dr. Graves, Dean of 
Ardagh, who died March 22, 1827, aged 60 years. 

" And Sarah, second wife of Robert James Graves, who 
died June the 16th, 1827, aged 26 years. 

" And of the Very Rev. Richard Graves, D.D., Dean of 
Ardagh, who died March 31, 1829, aged 65 years. 

" And of Eliza Drew Jane F. Graves, second and only sur- 
viving daughter of Robt. James Graves and Matilda Jane 
liis Qnt \vifc, who died on the 4th March, 1831, aged 5 years 
and 6 months. 

" And of John Graves, Esq., nephew to the above Richard 
Graves, D.D., died the 13th January, 1835, aged 58 years." 

The only monument in Donnybrook Church has this in- 
scription : 

"In affectionate remembrance of John Crosbie Graves, 
Esq., Barrister-at-law, second son of the Very Rev. Thomas 
Graves, Dean of Connor, this tablet was erected by his af- 
flicted widow. The upright and efficient discharge of his 
public duties as a Magistrate of Police, and Commissioner of 
Bankrupts, won for him the esteem of his fellow-citizens ; 


and the union of refined tastes with warm and delicate feel- 
ings peculiarly endeared him to his private friends. His 
family, upon whose hearts is engraven the memory of his 
unwearied kindness and humble piety, can never cease to de- 
plore his loss. He died in Dublin, Jan. 13, 1835, aged 58 
years, and is buried in the old churchyard of this parish, in 
the family-vault of his uncle, the Very Rev. Richard Graves, 
D.D., Dean of Ardagh." 

Note (f),p. 12. 

may lead to their recovery, if still in existence, I wish to 
state in Notes and Queries, that among the records belong- 
ing to the parish of Donnybrook, near Dublin, there is not 
the vestige of a register of baptisms, marriages, or burials 
(and there must have been many of these occurrences in so 
large a parish), for the space of thirty-two years before 1800. 
How the book or books were lost, or when, no one can tell ; 
but certain I am that they have not been forthcoming, to the 
great inconvenience and injury of many persons, for the last 
fourteen years. The registers of the parish date from 1712." 
(Notes and Queries, 2nd S., vii. 217.) A few entries of 
baptisms, &c., from 9th August, 1705, to the year 1712, and 
also seventeen marriages by the Rev. Gore Wood, 1778-84, 
are inserted in the oldest book extant ; and it is to be pre- 
sumed that registers of an earlier date existed, though for 
many years past they have not been forthcoming. For some 
remarks on Parish Registers, see " Postulates and Data," pp. 
194-205 (London, 1852.) 

Note (w), p. 12. 

died May 8, 1729, and was buried in the churchyard of 
Donnybrook [on the north side, as he had directed in his 
lifetime] ; but no monument or other memorial of him can 

now he found there. Archbishop Magee died August 19, 
1831, and was buried in the old churchyard of Rathfarnham, 
likewise not far from Dublin. His tomb stands exactly in 
the centre of the ancient church ; but as no inscription has 
been placed on it, the spot will ere long be forgotten. This 
treatment appears somewhat strange in connexion with two 
of the ablest and greatest of the archbishops of Dublin. It 
ought, one would think, to be corrected ; and yet perhaps 
Sir William Jones' plan is the wisest : ' The best monument 
that can be erected to a man of literary talents is a good 
edition of his works.' "Notes and Queries, 2nd S., i. 148. 

Note (v), p. 12. 

SAKDFORD Mention of this place naturally recals to 
one's mind the late Yen. Henry Irwin, of whom it has been 
well observed by his successor in the chaplaincy, the Rev. 
W. P. Walsh, in the Notice prefixed to his " Remains," p. 
xxv., that " it was in his beloved church and parsonage, at 
Sandford, that Archdeacon Irwin gathered around him the 
deep love of that inner circle of friends and hearers who were 
there privileged to attend upon his faithful teaching. By a 
ministry of two niul-tliirty years he made that quiet spot a 
consecrated ground, and hallowed it into a centre from which 
bleased influences were diffused upon the Church and country 
that he loved." Sandford Church is in the parish of St. 
Peter, Dublin, only a few yards beyond the bounds of the 
pariah of Donnybrook. 

Note (w), p. 12. 

TUP. DUKB OF WELLINGTON." It was not in India, as 
commonly supposed, but on Donnybrook-road, that his first 
laurels were won. This appears from the Freeman's Journal, 
September 18th, 1789, where we learn that in consequence 
of a wager between him and Mr. Whaley of one hundred and 


fifty guineas, tlie Hon. Arthur Wesley walked from the five- 
mile-stone on Donnybrook-road to the corner of the Circular- 
road in Leeson-street, in fifty-five minutes, and that a num- 
ber of gentlemen rode with the walker, whose horses he kept 
in a tolerable smart trot When it is recollected that those 
were Irish miles, even deducting the distance from Leeson- 
street to the Castle, whence the original measurements were 
made, this walk must be computed at nearly six English 
miles." Notes and Queries, 1st S., viii. 491. 

Note (x) p. 13. 


Hospital, near the Donnybrook-road, originally intended for 
a small-pox hospital, was, for some time prior to 1792, used 
as a Lock hospital ; but being insufficient for the purpose, and 
inconveniently situated for the necessary medical attendance, 
it was in that year transferred to the governors of the chari- 
table foundation for incurables, who gave in exchange their 
hospital in Townsend-street, which has since that time been 
denominated the Westmoreland Lock Hospital, from the 
nobleman who was then Viceroy, and at whose instance the 
exchange was effected. 

The following extracts are from a recent appeal to the 
citizens of Dublin from the Governors of the Hospital for 
Incurables : 

" The Hospital is situated near Donnybrook, in a pecu- 
liarly healthful and secluded situation ; and although so pre- 
eminently an institution of mercy, and altogether peculiar, 
both in the objects that it relieves, and the relief that it 
affords, is too little known, and has consequently not met 
with as large a portion of public sympathy as "it so well 

"The Institution is intended for those whom incurable 
disease has rendered incapable of effort ; it therefore does not 
aim beyond the alleviation of confirmed and hopeless disease. 
The victims of Cancer, Consumption, Paralysis, and of every 


variety of incurable malady, are received within its walls, 
and are nursed with unremitting care and tenderness. It 
receives those who are rejected as incurable from other sana- 
tory institutions, and is the last refuge on this side the 
grave for suffering mortality combined with poverty. 

"This account is in no respect exaggerated, and every 
person who will walk through its wards may satisfy himself 
of the truth of this statement. He will there witness per- 
manent, unmixed suffering disgusting and wasting disease 
and a wretched, hopeless struggle with pain and debility. 
All that can be effected by medical care, by judicious nourish- 
ment (which in many instances is necessarily costly), and by 
tender watchfulness, is freely given ; and the Governors have 
the satisfaction of stating, that the Hospital has in every 
case been a blessing, and an acknowledged blesuing, to its 
incurable inmates." 

For many interesting particulars connected with the Hos- 
pital (including a copy of the charter of incorporation 
granted by King George III., 7th January, 1800), see tha 
" Report of the Commissioners appointed to inspect Charita- 
ble Institutions, Dublin " (1842), pp. "118-135; the "Re- 
port of the Commissioners appointed to inquire into the 
Hospitals of Dublin" (1855); and the "First and Second 
Annual Reports of the Board of Superintendence of Dublin 
Hospitals" (1858 and 1859). 

Note (y\ p. 13. 

DONNTBROOK FAIR. In the year 1204 King John 
granted his license to the corporation of Dublin to hold an 
eight-day fair at Donnybrook, commencing on the day of 
tin liii'ling of the Holy Cross (3rd May), with similar stall- 
ages and tolls as established in Waterford and Limerick. 
King Henry III., by charter in 1252, extended the duration 
of the Fair to fifteen days, and changed the day of its com- 
mencement to the 7th of July ; which was further altered to 
the 10th of the same month, and by a subsequent charter 
fixed to the 26th of August. Many attempts have been 

made from time to time to curtail the nuisance, with more or 
less success ; and the patent passed through various hands 
until it reached the representatives of the late John Madden, 
Esq., of Donnybrook, from whom it was purchased, in 1855, 
for the sum of 3,000. 

Since the foregoing paragraph was in type, a copy of the 
following " Statement in relation to the Fair of Donnybrook " 
(through the kindness of R. R. Madden, Esq., M.D.) has 
been furnished by Thomas Carmichael, Esq., who was pro- 
fessionally engaged in the purchase of the patent; and being 
an important document, it is inserted in full, though, when 
compared with what immediately precedes it, a few repe- 
titions and slight differences cannot fail to be seen : 

"By a King's Letter enrolled in the Close Roll of the 
sixth year of King John (1204) in the Tower of London, 
that King commanded Mdler FitzHenry, Justiciary of Ire- 
land, amongst other things, ' as he had informed the King 
that he had not a place where the King's treasure could be 
safely deposited, and that for this cause and many other 
necessary causes a fortress was required,' to build a castle in 
a proper place, and to protect and defend the city, and to 
surround it with a fosse arid walls fortified with competent 
towers, bulwarks, and other defences, as he should consider 
the King's peace and safety ; and that for this purpose he 
should get 300 marks, owing by E. FitzRobert. He com- 
manded also by letters patent that his citizens of Dublin 
should have the city enclosed, and that they should be com- 
pelled to do so, if unwilling. 

" He willed also that there should be a fair at Donny- 
brook every year for eight days' duration, at the Invention 
of the Holy Cross (3rd May), and another at the well of 
St. John the Baptist, likewise for eight days, allowing to 
them toll and stallage ; another at Waterford, on the day of 
St. Peter in Chains ; another at Limerick, on the feast of St. 
Martin, for eight days ; and he commanded these things to 
be announced, that all merchants should come there freely. 
Witnessed, &c., 31st day of August. (The original record 
of Chancery, and the translation, preserved in the Tower of 

" The right of the citizens to hold this fair is recognised in 

two other letters of the same King, also enrolled in the Close 
Roll of the sixteenth and seventeenth years of his reign (1214 
and 1215) ; and by the latter, the time for holding the fair 
is enlarged to fifteen days, saving to the Archbishop of 
Dublin the said fair for the first two days thereof. 

" By charter dated 1241, 26th Henry III., reciting that 
he had granted, and by that his charter confirmed, to his 
citizens of Dublin that they and their heirs for ever should 
have a fair at Dublin within their bounds every year for 
fifteen days, that is to say, on the vigil, the day, and the 
morrow of the Translation of St. Thomas the Martyr, and 
for twelve d;iys following, which they had theretofore had, 
by grant of King John his father, beginning at the feast of 
the Invention of the Holy Cross for fifteen days, saving to 
the Archbishop of Dublin and his successors the aforesaid fair 
for two days, that is to say, the vigil of the said Translation 
and the day of the same ; therefore the King willed and 
firmly commanded for him, his heirs, and successors for ever, 
that his said citizens of Dublin and their heirs for ever 
fili'iuM have a fair for ever within their bounds every year 
for fifteen days' duration, that is to say, on the vigil, the 
day, and the morrow of the Translation of St. Thomas the 
M.-irtyr, and for twelve days following, with all liberties and 
free customs to the same fair belonging, which they had 
hitherto held by grant of the lx>rd John the King, his father, 
commencing on tiiu vigil of the Invention of the Holy Cross, 
for fifteen days' duration, saving to the Venerable Father 
Lord Archbishop of Dublin and his successors, of the said 
fair two days, that is to say, the vigil and the day of the 
Translation aforesaid. Witnesses, VV. Bishop of VVoicester ; 
Ki.-hurd le Clare, Earl of Gloucester and Hertford; ,M ,^,-r 
William de Kilkenny, Archdeacon of Coventry. Given 
under the King's hand, 28th May. 

" By charter dated 1279, 8th Edward I., the time of com- 
mencing the fair was further postponed at the instance of the 
i-iti/.' MS, and for their greater convenience, as therein stated, 
to the eve of the Translation of St. Benedict the Abbot, in 
July, to be held for fifteen days. 

" Hy a subsequent charter the time of holding the fair was 
changed to a still later period ; ana from time immemorial 
the same lun Un n lurid in the Green of Donnybrook, on the 
26th of August, continuing during periods varying from a 
wei-k to liftccn days. 

"Although some title on the part of the Archbishop of 


Dublin to two out of the fifteen days during which the fair 
was to last, is alluded to in some of the late charters, there 
is no trace on record of its ever being exercised. 

"The corporation of the city of Dublin having in the 
course of time absolutely disposed of the right of holding this 
fair, with the tolls and customs thereof under the aforesaid 
charters, the same, upon the death of Henry Ussher (the 
preceding proprietor) in the year 1756, became vested in Sir 
William Wolseley, Bart., who in the year 1778 made a lease 
thereof to the late Joseph Madden, of Donnvbrook ; and in 
the year 1812 the then Baronet absolutely assigned same for 
ever to the late John Madden, his [Joseph Madden's] son, 
by the representatives of whom, and of Peter Madden his 
brother, the same were conveyed in the year 1855 to the 
Right Hon. Joseph Boyce, then Lord Mayor of the city of 
Dublin, and Edward Wright, Esq., LL.D., in trust for the 
Committee then formed for the abolition of said Donnybrook 
Fair, and for their fellow-citizens subscribing to the contri- 

The following extracts are from the circular issued by the 
Committee for the Abolition of Donnybrook Fair : 

" The annals of social and commercial life in this metro- 
polis afford sad and abundant records of the ruin and degra- 
dation which, dating their commencement with a visit to 
this Fair, have befallen many who once enjoyed a character 
for industry and morality, and who, but for the contamination 
there contracted, might still have enjoyed it. 

" The facts, that large sums of money are annually drawn 
from the Savings' Banks, to be squandered at the Fair ; that 
every anniversary is followed by a fearful increase of disease, 
as attested by the Hospital and Dispensary Reports ; and 
that the amount of crime, as shown by the Police Reports, is 
fearfully augmented, afford conclusive evidence as to the vast- 
amount of social mischief generated on these occasions. 

" Deluded by the specious show of recreation and amuse- 
ment, multitudes are caught in the meshes of temptation, and 
allured into the snares of vice. Servants, mechanics, trades- 
men, and even clerks and shopmen, all in respectable 
employment, have been thus led into courses which have 
entailed the loss of situation, the forfeiture of character, and 
consequent misery to themselves and their families. To 
the young of both sexes it has been the source of unnumbered 


evils, whilst, to young females especially, it has proved an 
easy and fatal descent into the lowest depths of infamy and 

" Happily, an opportunity for putting an end to the occa- 
sion of these evils now presents itself. The proprietors of 
the patent under which the Fair is held, are willing to sur- 
render their claims for^S.OOO ; a sum which, if considered in 
relation to their vested interests, is fair and reasonable, and 
if compared with the amount of good to be accomplished, is 
trifling amVinsignificant. 

" The Committee invite the aid and co-operation of every 
friend of religion and morality, to the completion of a work 
now auspiciously begun." 

Though the patent was purchased, and safely vested in the 
hands of those who will not abuse it, the expectations of the 
Committee and Subscribers were not at once realised. An 
individual, who lives in Donnybrook, and has had for some 
time past the lease and license of a public-house, with a field 
attached to her holding, persisted in having a fair on her 
premises, and occasioned no small amount of damage to the 
public ; but THE FAIR has been abolished, and it is to be 
hoped that ere long no traces of it may be found. For a 
strong, but not too strong article on the subject, see the 
Irith Times, 23rd August, 1859. 

It is satisfactory to be able to add, that cogent reasons 
against the renewal of the license having been urged by the 
Crown, and both sides of the case fully argued, in the 
College-street Police Office, the presiding Magistrates have 
given judgment against Miss Eliza Dillon, as detailed in 
Saunders's Neict-Letter, 9th November. The certificate for 
her license has been very properly refused ; and thus the so- 
called fair of Donnybrook is at an end. 

Note (z), p. 1 .". 


of this parish (partly in the half-barony of Kathdown and 


barony of Uppercross, but chiefly in the barony of Dublin), 
which are well defined in the Ordnance Survey, the fol- 
lowing, with other avenues, are comprised : Donnybrook- 
road, from Upper Leeson- street to Donnybrook ; Stillorgan- 
road, from Donnybrook to Priesthouse ; Clonskea-road, from 
Cullenswood-terrace to Clonskea ; Sallymouut ; Bushfield- 
avenue ; Belmont-avenue ; Seaview-terrace, ; Simmonscourt ; 
Blackrock-road, from the College Botanic Gardens to Trim- 
leston, Merrion ; Beggarsbush-road ; Bath-avenue, with Va- 
vasour-square ; Sandymount-road, from near Ringsend- 
bridge to Sandymount; Irishtown-strand ; London-bridge- 
road; Tritonville-avenue ; Serpentine-avenue; Sandymount- 
avenue ; Sandymouut-green ; Seafort-avenue ; Newgrove- 
avenue; Sandyraount- strand; Park- avenue ; Sydney-parade; 
Merrion-strand ; White's-avenue ; and Merrionview-avenue. 
Amongst the principal residences are Nutley, of Alder- 
man Roe, D.L. ; Woodview, of Captain Frederick J. Isacke ; 
Greenfield, of Randle H. M'Donnell, Esq. ; Thornfield, of 
Richard Wilson, Esq. ; Montrose, of Wm. Jameson, Esq. ; 
Airfield, of James Jameson, Esq. ; Mount Errol, of William 
Bredin, Esq. ; Shamrock-hill, of Edward Hornsby, Esq. ; 
Plantation, of John Hewson, Esq. ; Floraville, of Edward 
Wright, Esq., LL.D. ; Vergemount, of Patrick Donegan, 
Esq. ; Swanbrook, of the Rev. John L. Chute ; St. Ann's, of 
Colonel O'Neill ; Simmonscourt Castle, of Bartholomew M. 
Tabuteau, Esq. ; Erith Lodge, of John Spain, Esq. ; Will- 
field, of Mrs. Clarke ; Willfield House, of Miss O'Reilly ; 
Sandymount Castle, of Robert Corbet, Esq. ; Claremont, 
of Mrs. Lovely; Belvedere, of the Hon. Mrs. Butler; 
Fairfield House, of Thomas Reilly, Esq. ; Kirkville, of Alex. 
Sanson, Esq. ; Elm Park, of Joseph Watkins, Esq. ; Low- 
ville, of Robert Murray, Esq.; Bloomfield, of Mrs. Aylmer ; 
and Merrion Castle, of Mrs. Low. 

Amongst the maps of the Down ( i.e., "laid down") Survey, 
safely deposited in the Custom-house, Dublin, there is one of 
" the Parishes of Donnabrook and Tannee [Taney], somewhat 



worn at the edges." See the "Supplement to the Third 
Report of the Irish Record Commissioners" (1813); and 
also Sir William Petty's " History of the Down Survey " 
(1655-6), edited by the present Major-General Larcom for 
the Irish Archaeological Society. 

In Hardiman's " Catalogue of Maps, Charts, and Plans 
relating to Ireland, preserved amongst the MSS. in Trinity 
College, Dublin * (1824), p. 10, there is mention of " a ma- 
nuscript plan of an encampment, without name or date. It 
appears, however, to have been in the neighbourhood of Dub- 
lin, from the outlet marks, as follow : St. Steven's-street 
waye ; Colledge-green waye ; Baggatrough-waye ; Dunna- 
broke-waye ; St. Kevan's-street waye ; and may have refer- 
ence to the situation of the Marquis of Ormond's camp before 
the fatal battle with Colonel Michael Jones, near Dublin, in 

By Act of 5 and 6 Viet. c. 96., the townlands of Bagot- 
rath, Ballsbridge, Beggarsbush, Clonskeagh (formerly Clan- 
skiagh) Donnybrooke east and west, Forty-acres, Irish town, 
Merrion, Ringsecd, Sandymouut, and Smotscourt, in this 
parish, have been transferred from the ancient county of the 
city to the new barony of Dublin. 

The exact area of the parish is as follows: 1313A. 2R. 
9i>. in the barony of Dublin ; 363A. SB. 26p. in the half- 
barony of Rathdown ; and 10 A. 2u. in the barony of Upper- 
cross ; total, 1G87A. 3n. 35r.- 

Note (), p. 15. 

census taken in the year 1821, which (as already mentioned) 
is the first authentic statement of the actual number of souls 
in Ireland, the population of the parish of Donnybrook, in- 
cluding Booteratown, amounted to 9,219 ; comprising 4,267 
males and 4,952 females; forming 2,049 families; and oc- 


cupying 1,235 houses. There were also 96 houses uuinhabit- 
ed or building. 

In 1831, when the next census was taken, the population 
amounted to 10,394; comprising 4,729 males and 5,665 
females; forming 2,170 families; and occupying 1,212 
houses. There were also 100 houses uninhabited or building. 

In 1841 the population amounted to 9,825 ; comprising 
4,464 males and 5,361 females; forming 1,865 families; 
and occupying 1,244 houses. There were also 106 houses 
uninhabited or building. 

In 1851, as stated in the text, the population amounted to 
11,178; comprising 4,971 males and 6,207 females; form- 
ing 2,229 families ; and occupying 1,524 houses. There 
were also 175 houses uninhabited or building. 

[For some particulars not here repeated, see Note (/), p. 

Note (bb\ p. 19. 

OLIVER EARL OF TYRCONNEL " In ArchdalFs edition 
of ' Lodge's Peerage of Ireland,' Vol. IV., p. 318, it is stated 
that the Earl of Tyrconnel lies buried under a handsome 
tomb of black marble, in the chapel of the family's founda- 
tion in Donnybrooke-Church, with this inscription, over 
which are the arras of Fitzwilliam, and the coronet, but no 
crest or supporters: 

" ' Here lyeth the Body of the Right Honourable and 
most Noble Lord Oliver, Earl of Tyrconnel, Lord Viscount 
Fitzwilliams of Meryonge, Baron of Thorn-Castle, who died 
at his House in Meryoug April llth, 1667, and was Buried 
the L2th day of the same month.' 

" As I can testify from my own observation, the church, 
chapel, and this and many other tombs (Archbishop King's 
included [if he had one]) have disappeared ; but when and 
how, 1 cannot tell." Notes and Queries, 2nd S., iv. 90. 


Note (cc), p. 19. 

inscription is on the tombstone : 

" Sacred to the memory of the soldiers belonging to his 
Majesty's 18th Regiment of Foot, and a few belonging to 
other corps, who, actuated by a desire of more extensive ser- 
vice, nobly volunteered from the South Mayo and different 
regiments of Irish Militia into the Line, and who were unfor- 
tunately shipwrecked on this coast in the Prince of Wales 
packet, and perished on the night of the 19th of November, 
1807. This tribute to their memory has been placed on their 
tomb by order of General the Earl of Harrington, Com- 
mander of the Forces in Ireland." 

In the old churchyard of Carrickbrennan, in the parish of 
Monkstown, there is a stone in memory of Major Charles 
Gormocan, who perished in the Rochdale transport ; and near 
the entrance is a mound thrown over, and a stone commemo- 
rative of the unfortunate officers and soldiers of the 97th 

The Rev. C. H. Minchin has supplied these particulars from 
an old scrap among his disjecta membra variorum : 

"Dublin, 19th November, 1807 On Wednesday morn- 
ing the ' Prince of Wales,' Captain Edwards, sailed from our 
port for Liverpool, in company with two transports. They 
were perceived working about the bay on Thursday morn- 
ing ; and when the fall of snow commenced, it was supposed 
they were endeavouring to regain the harbour. The snow 
fell so thickly, that they were not able to discern their way ; 
and the surge, even if they did, broke so violently against 
the beach, that they could not come to an anchor. The 
1 Prince of Wales' struck immediately under the battery of 
Dunleary point, when Captain Edwards, the crew, and two 
oflicers immediately hoisted out the boat, jumped into it, and 
gained the shore. The remainder of the passengers, 120 in 
number, volunteers from the South Mayo regiment for the 
97th and 18th, unfortunately perished in the wreck. The 



point at which she struck is immediately opposite Sir John 
Lees' house, Seapoint. The transports which sailed in com- 
pany with the ' Prince of Wales ' have not yet been heard of. 
Among those lost in the ' Prince of Wales ' was Lieutenant 
Maclean, a promising young man, who had the care of the 

" The ' Rochdale ' of Liverpool sailed on the same day, in 
company with seven transports, for England. On Thursday 
she was discovered in the offing off Blackrock, in great dis- 
tress. The blue lights were hoisted, and the guns repeatedly 
fired. The state of the weather and the violence of the surge 
prevented any succour from reaching them. She had on 
board part of the 97th, or Queen's Germans; and some 
volunteers from the South Cork and Mayo regiments were 
also on board. The embarkation-return of this vessel is aa 
follows : 1 major, 2 lieutenants, 1 ensign, 8 Serjeants, 9 cor- 
porals, 173 rank and file, 42 women, and 29 children ; in 
all 2'Jo souls, not one individual of whom is known to have 
escaped. The names of the officers were Major Gormocan, 
97th Foot ; Lieutenants Long and Power, and Ensign Way. 
The vessel lies alongside of the Tower. Her bottom is com- 
pletely bilged, though her decks are said to remain entire. 
A great part of the beach from Dunleary to the Hock was 
covered with the dead bodies, &c." 

Note (dd),p. 21. 

DERIVATION OF " RINGSEND." According to a writer in 
Notes and Queries, 2nd S., ii. 315, " the explanation of this 
apparent bull, ring's end, is very simple. Previous to the 
formation of that portion of Dublin which is now called Sir 
John Rogerson's-quay, there were great piles of wood driven 
into the sand, and to each of these piles were attached large 
iron rings, for the convenience of the shipping moored there. 
The outermost of those piles having a ring was called ring't 
end, that is, the end, or last of the rings ; and hence the 
name given to the place at the end of Sir John Rogerson's- 
quay. Sir John Rogerson, the maker of the quay, was at 
one time [1693-4] Lord Mayor of Dublin ; and my informa- 


tion as to the derivation of the name Ring's End was received 
from old Jemmy Walsh, a Dublin pilot, who remembered 
seeing the ships moored, and their ropes run through the 
rings of the wooden piles on the river." 

The foregoing is quoted merely to be refuted in the words 
of another correspondent, who well observes (2nd S., iv. 298) 
that " Ringsend was so called for generations before ' old 
Jemmy Walsh ' was born. His derivation, fanciful as it is, 
I could almost imagine was given to try how far Irish wit 
could impose on English credulity." 

Mr. Lascelles, in " Liber Munerum," &c., Part V., p. 142, 
writes as follows : 

" Ringsend or Rinksen \forsan a northern word, signify- 
ing a sewer, which the river Dodder is to that part of the 

However, the derivation given in the text is probably the 
correct one, namely, Rinn-Aun " the point of the tide." In 
fact, the name of Ringsend, as in the case of the Phoenix 
Park, is a corruption of an Irish word or words, for which a 
more familiar English one resembling it in sound was sub- 
stituted. Bishop O'Brien, it may be added, gives in his 
" Irish-English Dictionary" (Paris, 1768), " Abhan, a river; 
rectius Amhan" ; and remarks, that the names of places in 
Ireland with a similar beginning (Rinn) would more than fill 
a sheet. 

Note (ee), p. 22. 

THE Pjr.Kox-norsE AND THE LIGHT-HOUSE. From the 
" Point " of Ringsend, the South- wall extends into the bay 
17,754 feet; nearly three English miles and an half. It was 
commenced in 1748, and finally completed in 1796; and is 
composed of blocks of mountain granite, strongly cemented, 
and strengthened with iron cramps. The breadth of the 
road to a strong artillery station called the Pigeon-house 


(which was erected near the close of the last century, and 
is 7,938 feet from Ringsend), is nearly forty feet, and 
thence to the Light-house thirty-two feet at bottom, but 
narrows to twenty- eight feet at top; the whole rising five 
feet above high- water. There is a basin at the former place, 
900 feet long by 450 broad, and a landing-place raised 200 
feet broad, on which are several convenient wharfs, now but 
little frequented. The pier at this point is 250 feet wide ; 
and on it are raised buildings, which were formerly used as a 
magazine, an arsenal, and a custom-house. In the channel 
between the Pigeon-house and the Light-house is the anchor- 
age called Poolbeg (formerly denominated Cleer-rode, Clare- 
road, and Clarade) where vessels may lie in fifteen feet at 
low water. At the extremity of the Wall is the Light-house, 
commenced in 1761, and completed in 17G8, under conside- 
rable difficulties, by Mr. Smith. See Whitelaw and Walsh's 
" History of Dublin," Vol. II., p. 1084 ; Brewer's " Beauties 
of Ireland," Vol. I., p. 178 ; and D' Alton's " History of the 
County of Dublin," p. 853. Woodcuts of the Light-house 
and the Pigeon-house are given in the Dublin Penny Journal, 
Vol. III., p. 281 ; and a view of the Light-house in " Illus- 
trations of the Scenery and Antiquities of Ireland," Vol. I., p. 

In an interesting and authentic MS. in the writer's pos- 
session, entitled " Observations made by Colonel [afterwards 
Major- General] Roy during a Short Tour in Ireland, 1766 " 
(see Notes and Queries, 2nd S., vii., 358, 442), the follow- 
ing passage occurs : 

" If at any time hence it should be thought necessary to 
build a fort or citadel near Dublin, the sandy point where 
now the village of Ringsend stands would seem to be a pro- 
per situation to make choice of, as it would effectually secure 
the entrance of the harbour, in some degree command the 
bay, might always be supplied by sea, and being overlooked 
by nothing, might therefore be made strong, especially by 
means of the little river Dodder. The tide might be made to 
flow round it." 

The Pigeon-house Fort was subsequently erected, and 
formed, in the plans of Robert Emmet in 1803, one of his 
chief points of attack. See Dr. Madden's " Life and Times 
of Robert Emmet," pp. 89, 110, 127. 

Note (ff), p. 22. 

Shovel came on the 12th to Belfast, as convoy to several 
ships that brought over necessaries for the army ; and there 
having intelligence of a frigate at anchor in the bay of Dub- 
lin, and several other small vessels loaden with hides, tallow, 
wools, some plate, and several other things designed for 
France, he sailed April the 18th (being Good Friday), to the 
mouth of the bay of Dublin, and there leaving the Monk, 
and some more great ships, he took the Monmouth yacht, 
and one or two more, with several long-boats, and went to 
Polebeg [Poolbeg], where the frigate lay (being one half of 
the Scotch tieet that was taken in the Channel the year be- 
fore), having sixteen guns and four pattereroes. King 
James when he heard it, said, It was some of his loyal sub- 
jects of England returning to their duty and allegiance ; but 
when he saw them draw near the ship, and heard the firing, 
he rid out towards Rings-end, whither gathered a vast crowd 
of people of all sorts, and there were several regiments drawn 
out, if it were possible, to kill those bold fellows at sea, who 
durst on such a good day perform so wicked a deed (as they 
called it). Captain Bennet that commanded the frigate, run 
her on ground, and after several firings from some other ships 
of theirs, as also from that, when they saw a fireship coming 
in (which Sir Cloudebly had given a sign to; they all quitted 
the frigate, bein at first about forty; but they lost six or 
seven in the action. Sir Cloudesly was in the Monmouth 
yacht where Captain Wright was very serviceable both in 
carrying in the fleet, and in time of action. In going off, 
one of our hoys ran a-ground, and was dry when the tide 


was gone ; the rest of the boats were not far off, being full 
of armed men; and a Frenchman, one of King James's 
Guards, coming nigh the boats to fire his pistols in a bravo, 
had his horse shot under him, and was forced to fling off his 
jack-boots and run back in his stockings to save himself; 
some of the sea-rnen went on shore, and took his saddle and 
furniture. When the tide came in, they went off with their 
prize to the ships below. King James went back very much 
dissatisfy'd, and 'twas reported he should say, That all the 
Protestants in Ireland were of Cromwell's breed, and deserved 
to have their throats cut : but whatever his thoughts might 
be, I suppose his discretion would not allow him to say so. 
However all the Protestants that walked that way during 
the action, were secured in prison, and two made their escape 
to our boats." Story's " Impartial History of the Wars of 
Ireland," p. 58. 

Note (gg\ p. 23. 

RINGSEND CARS " The hackney-coaches we borrowed 

from our English neighbours, as their name imports ; but our 
one-horse vehicles have always been peculiar to ourselves, 
and were in use long before anything of a similar kind was 
introduced into England. The earliest and rudest of these 
were the ' Ringsend cars,' so called from their plying princi- 
pally to that place and Irishtown, then the resort of the beau 
monde for the benefit of sea-bathing. This car consisted of 
a seat suspended in a strap of leather, between shafts, and 
without springs. The noise made by the creaking of the 
strap, which supported the whole weight of the company, par- 
ticularly distinguished this mode of conveyance." (" Sketches 
of Ireland Sixty Years Ago," p. 77.) See also Whitelaw 
and Walsh's " History of Dublin," Vol. II., p. 1173. This 
" History '' may not be particularly well arranged ; but con- 
taining a great mass of useful information, and very little 
extraneous matter, it is oftentimes too hastily condemned. 


Note (M), p. 23. 


there are four small-sized monuments 


" In remembrance of Elizabeth, the beloved wife of Co- 
lonel Munro, Royal Artillery. She died in Dublin, 20tb 
December, 1843." 

" Sacred to the memory of John Babington Smyth, M.D., 
Belmont House, Stillorgan. Born in 1822 ; Died Septem- 
ber 27th, 1845. 

" ' Iloi'a yap y wr) viiiav ; aT/xis.' JAMES, iT. 14." 

" To Robert Hanna, A.B., T.C.D. This tablet was erected 
by his pupils in the Rev. Dr. Wall's School. He died Oct. 
25th, 1848, aged 23 years." 

" S. M. of John Smyth, A.M., M.D., T.C.D., of Belmont 
House, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin. Esteemed by his acquaint- 
ances, endeared to his friends, beloved by his family, through 
a life of varied usefulness his path was that of the just, ' as 
the shining light that shineth more and more unto the per- 
fect day.' Released from his labours, he rested with his 
Redeemer, December 4th, 1852." 

Mr. D' Alton, in his " History of the County of Dublin," 
p. 857, enumerates several, besides those mentioned in the 
text, who have been interred in the churchyard, and whose 
tombstones may be found. Accurate copies of many of the 
inscriptions, for which there ia not room here, are in the 
writer's possession. 

0f % 

[Many particulars recorded in the preceding 
pages are here repeated, or referred to, in chrono- 
logical order.] 

The following early mention of this part of Ireland may 

prove interesting to the reader ; 


2820. " The Annals of Clonmacnoise, after detailing the mi- 
gration of Parthalon from Greece to Ireland, thus describe 
the plague which destroyed his colony on the plain of 
Dublin: 269 years after its arrival, when 'all that then 
remained alive of them, to the number of 9,008 persons, 
from the first Monday in May untill the next Monday after, 
died of a sudaine infection, upon the plaine of Moynealta. 
It was called Moynealta, because all the foule in the king- 
dom for the most part gathered themselves there to sun 
themselves.' This plain of Magh-Nealta must have 
included the strand of Clontarf, the mouth of the Liffey, 
and as far as Blackrock, along the shore, and extended 
back into the old plain of the flocks, stretching along the 
valley of the Liffey, and southward to Tallaght." _ " Re- 
port of the Census Commissioners " (1851), Part V., vol. 
i. p. 41. 


1173. Richard (Strongbow) Earl of Pembroke gaveDovenal- 
broc (Donnybrook), with other lands, to Walter de Rid- 
dlesford, Baron of Bray. Rot. in Cane. Hib. 

1178. About this time Archbishop O'Toole confirmed the 
townland of Siramonscourt, inter alia, to the cathedral of 
Christ Church. 


1192. In the charter of King John (then Lord of Ireland) to 
the city of Dublin, the river Dodder is mentioned as the 
" Dother," and its course from Donnybrook to the sea 
prescribed as a part of the boundaries of the liberties of 
the city. See Note (i). 

12 . Pope Innocent III., in the beginning of the thirteenth 
century, confirmed to St Patrick's Cathedral the tithes of 
the land in Donnybrook previously granted by King John 
to the citizens of Dublin. 

1204. King John granted to the corporation of Dublin license 
for an annual eight-day fair at Donnybrook, commencing 
on the day of the finding of the Holy Cross (3rd M:iy), 
with similar stallages and tolls as established in Water- 
ford and Limerick. The greater part of the lands of Don- 
nybrook were at this date the property of Henry de 
Vernuil. (Rot in Turr. Lond.) See Note (y). 

1228-55. The church of Donnybrook, dedicated to St Mary, 
and (as appears from an award of Archbishop Comyn, 
1181-1212) a member of Taney, was for a time disunited 
therefrom, and conferred by Archbishop Luke upon his 
chaplain, William de Romney. The same prelate afterwards 
reduced it to the condition of a chapelry, and made it sub- 
servient to Taney, and consequently to the archdeaconry 
of Dublin Repe'rt Virid. Alani. 

1234. Between 1 186 and this year, the priory of All-Hallows 
received, with other grants, forty acres of land in the terri- 
tory of Dovenachbroc (Donnybrook) towards the north; 
the Canons to pay yearly 1 lb of pepper for pottage. This 
pound of pepper, and all hereditary rights belonging to 
the land, were afterwards assigned by John, de Hoethe, 
jun., to Sir Robert Bagod. 

1252. King Henry III., by charter, extended the duration of 
Donnybrook Fair to fifteen days, and changed the day of 
its commencement to the 7th of July ; which was further 
altered to the 10th of the same month, and by a subse- 
quent charter fixed to the 2Gth of August. 

1280. Soon after the Invasion, "the rath near Dovenad- 
broc " was given to Theobald Walter, the first Butler ; 
and in 1280 the manor of " Rath " was granted to Sir Ro- 
bert le Bagod, witli the water of the Dodder hence to the 
sea, and the commons of the woods of Maynooth. This 


grant, however, was contested by the Butlers down to the 
year 1320. (Rot. in Cane. Hib.) The above-named Sir 
Robert granted to the nunnery of St. Mary de Hogges 
three acres of Bagotrath, as it was then called, in exchange 
for a messuage and curtilage in the suburbs of Dublin, be- 
longing to said nunnery ; the Prioress thereof also rendering 
to him and his heirs a pair of gloves, or threepence, in 
lieu of all services. For some particulars of this nunnery, 
&c., see Gilbert's " History of Dublin," vol. iii. p. 2. 

13 . In the fourteenth century the Fitzwilliam family were 
seised of a carucate in Donnybrook, but the manor was 
in the Powers ; one of whom, Eustace le Poer, aliened it 
to the Archbishop of Dublin without the royal license, but 
was pardoned on account of his great services against the 
O'Byrnes and other Irish enemies in Leinster. Rot. in 
Cane. Hib. 

1331. In this and the foregoing year, when a grievous famine 
afflicted all Ireland, the citizens of Dublin received, about 
the 24th of June, an unexpected relief at the mouth of the 
Dodder, where a prodigious number of large fish called Tur- 
lehydes were cast ashore. " They were from thirty to forty 
feet long, and so bulky, that two tall men placed one on 
each side of the fish could not see one another. The Lord 
Justice, Sir Anthony Lucy, with his servants and many of 
the citizens of Dublin, killed above two hundred of them, 
and gave leave to the poor to carry them away at their 
pleasure " (Harris's " History of Dublin, 1 ' p. 265). These 
Turlehydes, or Thurlheads, were probably the species of 
cetacea known as the bottle-nozed whale. We read in 
Slew's " Chronicle," under A.D. 1532, that two great fishes 
called Hurlepooles (probably the same description of 
animal) were taken in the Thames; and in A.D. 1552 
they are styled in the same work Whirlepooles. See 
" Report of the Census Commissioners " (1851), Part V., 
vol. i. p. 84. 

1373. On the occasion of convening the great council to be 
held in Dublin, the Sheriff was directed to summon, with 
others, John Cruys, of Meryon. 

1374. By a royal mandate of this year, William Fitzwil- 
liam was I'emoved from the custody of the manor and 
castle of Bagotrath, which bad been the property, as the 
writ recites, of William Bagot, and the same were com- 


milled lo the Bishop of Mealh. (Rot. in Cane. Hib.) 
From this time the Bagot family have had no connexion, 
save in the name, with this locality. 

1389. In this year William Fitzwilliam and John Cruys, 
with others, were appointed Guardians of the Peace iu the 
county of Dublin ; with which authority the former was 
solely invested in 1391. 

1392. By writ reciting an ordinance of Parliament, to pre- 
vent merchants from buying up for the foreign markets 
falcons, " austercos vel trecellos," in Ireland, John Cruys, of 
Meryon, was appointed to inquire into any violation of the 
order. (Rot. Pat in Cane. Hib.) This member of the 
Cruise family was then seised of the manors of Merrion, 
Thorncastle, Kilsallaghan, &c. ; very soon after which the 
former two passed to the Fitzwilliams. 

1394. In this year, and in 1397, William Fitzwilliam was 
Sheriff of the county of Dublin, and had the custody of the 
Staines (" between the site of the present College-grounds 
and the sea "), in order to preserve the watercourse free and 
clean for the benefit of the citizens. He died in 1397. 

1399. By a writ reciting that, whereas John Cruys, " che- 
valer," who had been summoned to a great council in 
1394, held 160 acres at Thorncastle, the rent of which to 
the Crown he was unable to discharge, by reason of the 
premises being subject to be burned and laid waste by 
adjoining Irish enemies of the mountains, it was thereupon 
directed that he should be exempted from any such pay- 
ments during his life. An inquisition of 1407 finds that 
he died seised, in his own right and in right of his wilV, f 
the manors of Merrion, etc., of which Thomas, their son 
and heir, afterwards became possessed. 

1403. Sir Edward Ferrers and Johanna, his wife, obtained a 
grant of Bagotrath, stated to be within the liberties of 
Dublin, and to be thenceforth held of the Mayor and 
Commons of that city Rot. in Cane. Hib. 

1408. Henry Fitzwilliam and two more, by roynl mandate, 
were directed to levy " smok-silver " (i.e., one penny for 
each hou-e through which smoke passed) over the county 
of Dublin. 

1418. The Prior of All-Hallows was seised of certain lands 
and tenements in Dounybrook and Baldoyle. King's 


1420. King Henry V. granted to Hugh Burgh the custody 
of the manor of Thorncastle, and all its appurtenances in 
Merrion, Ballyboother, Donnybrook, and elsewhere, in the 
county of Dublin, as lately held by James Fitzwilliam, 

1432. Richard Fitzwilliam was living at Donnybrook in 
this year. 

1442. Philip Fitzwilliam, presumed to be the son of the 
above-named Richard, was living at Meryong at this 
date ; and in 1446, being one of the Counsellors to Richard 
Duke of York, had a remittal of all the chief rent he was 
to pay the King, during life. Henry VI. granted him a 
sum of money out of the crown-rents, which he was to 
pay for his manor of Thorncastle, in order to enable him 
to rebuild a fort there, which had been destroyed by the 
Irish in 1437. 

1488. By an act of the Parliament of Drogheda, in which 
the bounds of " the four obedient shires," constituting the 
Pale, were traced, the following relates to Dublin : 
" From Merryon, inclusive, to the water of the Dodder, by 
the new ditch to Sagganl, Rathcoole, Kilhell, Ratlimore, 
and Ballymore, &c. Thence to the county of Kildare, 
into Ballycutlan, Harristown, and Naas ; and so thence to 
Clane, Kilboyne, and Kilcock, in such manner that the 
towns of Dalkey, Carrickbrennan, Newtown, Rochestown, 
Clonken, Smethistown, Ballyboteer (Booterstown), w jth 
Thorneastle and Bullock, were in Dublin- shire." 

1488. The form of " riding the franchises," as the same was 
- done on the 4th September in this year, taken from the 
White Book of Christ Church, is given in Whitelaw and 
Walsh's " History of Dublin," vol. i. pp. 95-98. 

1511. Thomas Fitzwilliam, of Meryon, Brey, and Bagot- 

rath, was Sheriff of the county of Dublin, in 1511 (3 

Henry VIII.), and is proved by inquisition to have died 
in 1529. 

1535. Sir Nicholas Fitzwilliam (third son of William Fitz- 
william, of Meryon) was Treasurer of St. Patrick's Ca- 
thedral ; which dignity he held until its suppression in 
1546, when he was granted by King Edward VI. a 
a pension for life of 66 13s. 4d., Iii^h. 

1538. In a list of the lands and possessions of the late dis- 


of AD-HaDovs, which remains in the 
Chief It urn ! ..... * Office, mention is made of forty 
acres of lad with their appurtenances in Donabrook.* 
Whftdaw and Walsh's "History of Dublin,* voL L 
p. 411. 

154*. So- Thomas, son of Bichard Fitzi^riani, had KVT of 
main of aD the manors, &t, of Dundnun and Tborn- 
castle, and all BBemuages and other possessions in Dnn- 
drum, Thomeastle, Balljbot (Bootentown), and Orenb- 
ton. For particulars of him, s AnAdalTs - Lodge's 
Peerage of Ireland,'' voLir. p. 312. 

1546. At the time of the dissolution of St. Patrick's Cathe- 
dral, which happened in this year, the Archdeacon of 
Dublin had, with other tithes, those of Donabroke, extend- 
mgovertbetownl&Ddsof Donabroka, Meryon, Smothes- 
eort, Balesdatter, the lands of All- Hallows, and Bagotrath, 
besides a mfmmemmmA three stangs of arable land. His 
(WfflH. Power's) poMsdons being eonfisated in like 
manner with those of the other members of the Chapter, 
the parish of Donabroke was leased to John Sharps (Rot! 
Pipe). -Donabroke demesne,* belonging to the Rector, 
was worth 3s. 4d. per annum ; and the tithes, together 
with the tithes of fish, aherago, and oblations (besides 
the Curate's stipend and repair of the chancel), 15: 
total, 15 3s. 4d,_ Monek Mason's "History of St. 
Patrick's Cathedral,- p. 46. 

1565. Sir Henry Sydney, Lord Deputy, baring landed at 
Da-key, proceeded the next morning to the hove of 
Thomas Fdzwflfiam, of Meryon. irhence he made his so- 
lemn entry into Dublin Harris's "History of Dublin," 

1578. Sr Thorns* ftewunam, of Bagotnth and Meryon, 
had a gnat of the monastery of Hoimpatriek, with its 
: --- --- ' : ' -;.- -:-:' . :. :..-...: ::...-. 

131A. arable, 12*. meadow, 18*. pasture and fane, and 
the custom of the *uid cotu^a in the town of Holmpa- 

1580. Henry Ussfaer, D.D, was in this year appointed 
AichdeMm of Dublin, and consequently Sector of Donny- 
brook,ke. In 1595 he became Archbishop of Armagh; 


until his death in 1613. Donnybrook, therefore, was held 
for twenty-three years by one of the Primates of all Ire- 

1582. A grant of certain dues of the port of Dublin for 
eighty-one years, by lease from the Corporation, was made 
to Nicholas Ball, in consideration of which he was to build 
a tower at Ringsend, like Maiden Tower in Drogheda, and 
to keep perches in the river. 

1592. Sir Richard Fitzwilliam, of Meryon, who succeeded 
his father in this year, was Constable of the castle of 
Wykynglow ( Wicklow), and Lord Warden of the marches 
of Leinster, in the reign of Queen Elizabeth ; and brought 
two archers on horseback to the general hosting at Tarah, 
24th September, 1593. He died 5th March, 1595, 
being seised of Bagotrath, &c, 

16_ A Manuscript Book of Obits in Trinity College, Dub- 
lin (F 4, 18), contains links of the pedigree of the 
O'Maddens, of Bagotratb, through six generations of the 
16th and 17th centuries. D' Alton's " King James's Irish 
Army List," p. 519. 

1602. The form of " riding the franchises," as the same was 
done this year, is given in Whitelaw and Walsh's " His- 
tory of Dublin," voL i. pp. 98-103. " The modem manner 
of surveying and perambulating the city liberties every 
third year " is given in pp. 103-105. See also -Vote* and 
Queries, 2nd S., viiL 295. 

1605. To Sir William Ussber, of Donnybrook, and his son, 
Arthur, was granted, 28th June (3 James I.), the office 
of Constable of the castle of Wicklow, and of the other 
places to said castle belonging : which office " had been 
granted on 16th Feb., 39 Eliz., to William Ussher, who 
surrendered same, and prayed that it might be granted to 
him and his son." Erck's " Repertory of Patent Rolls of 
Chancery," voL i. p. 2ol. 

1610. Sir Thomas Fitzwilliam, of Meryon, who had succeeded 
his father in 1595, and was knighted in 1608, suffered a 
recovery of Booterstown, two messuages, and 140A , &c. ; 
all which he held of the King in capite. 

1615. The regal visitation of this year reports the rectory of 
Donnybrook as appertaining to the archdeaconry of Dublin, 
and that the church and chancel were in good repair. 



1618." James Crelie, of Newrie, drowned in the Harboroughe 
of Dublin, about the Ringsende," 2nd April Funeral 
Entries, Ulster Office, vol. iii. p. 73. 

1628. Arthur Ussher, of Donnybrook, elder son and heir of 
Sir William Ussher (jointly with whom he had been 
appointed Clerk of the Council General of Irel-md in 
1603), was "drowned in Donabrook river" (the Dodder), 
of Monday, 2nd March. _ Dan. Molyneux's MSS. in 
Trinity College, Dublin (F. 3, 27, p. 14). 

1629. Sir Thomas Fitzwilliam, created Viscount Fitzwilliam, 
of Meryon, and Baron Fitzwilliam, of Thorneastle, 5th 
August, with the annual creation fee of 13 6s. 8d., pay- 
able out of the customs of the port of Dublin. The patent 
for his English earldom, granted in 1645, was not per- 

1635. Nicholas Fitzwilliam, of Holmpatrick and Balldungan, 
in the county of Dublin, died 5th December, and " was 
buried with his ancestors in the church of Donnybrooke." 

1640. An act of Parliament was sought, for confirming the 
i<>ns of the Dean and Chapter of Christ Clniivh in 
Simmonscourt ; but it was resisted by the Lord of Merrion, 
as prejudicial to his right in a moiety of said hinds in fee- 
simple by ancient inheritance, and in the other moiety by 
lease. The proposed bill was thereupon thrown out. 

KM.'. Sir Simon Harcourt marched against the castle of 
Carrickmayne (Carriekmines), to dislodge its Irish garri- 
son. He was shot in the attack, and died the following 
day at Lord Fitzvvilli mi's house in Merrion, whither he 
had Ixen with iliili.'idty removed. Borlase's " History of 
the Irish Rebellion," p." 97 (Dublin, 1743). 

1G-1G. The Parliamentary forces landed at Kingsend, 14th 


101'.). According to Bo.ite's "Ireland's Natural Ili-torv," 
], Gil (London, K5.V2), Mr. John I'sslier, father of Sir 
Win. Ussher, though in tin- ]>n->i-nri; of many of hi-; friends 
on both sides of the river, was drowned in crossing the 
r. But them must be an error in this statement, 
AMerman -John I's-hcr (to whose. munihVence and reli- 
giiuiM zeal we owe tin' jmMiratioii, in 1571, of the first 
book ever printed in the Iri.-h language, and who was Sir 


William's father) having died 1st May, 1600. (Elring- 
ton's " Life of Archbishop Ussher," Appendix 1, p. x ; 
and Gilnort's " History of Dublin," vol. i. p. 382.) 
Arthur Ussher, Sir William's elder son, was drowned in 
the Dodder, as already stated, in 1628. 

1649. In thtt immediate vicinity of Bal'sbridge, and on the 
right of the road from Dublin, stood Bagotrath Castle, 
which was seized during the night by the forces of the 
Marquess of Ormonde, on his meditated investiture of the 
city in this year ; but soon aftfr daybreak the next mom- 
ing, the assailants were driven out by the garrison of 
Dublin, and completely defeated. In 1651 the Castle was 
taken by storm by Oliver Cromwell. All remains of it 
have long since disappeared ; and within the last few years 
several handsome houses have been erected on its site. 

1649. Oliver Cromwell, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, landed 
at Ringsend, 14th August, with 8,000 foot, 4,000 horse, a 
formidable train of artillery, and all other necessaries of 
war. Here Henry Cromwell also subsequently landed. 
"Upon his arrival in the bay of Dublin, the men-of-war 
that accompanied him, and tther ships in the harbour, 
rung such a peal with their cannon, as if some great good 
news had been coming to us ; and though the usual land- 
ing for those who came in ships of war was near my house 
[at Monkstown], yet he and his company went up in boats 
to the Ringsend ; where they went ashore, and were met 
there by most of the officers, civil and militiary, about the 
town." Ludlow's " Memoirs," vol. ii. p. 86 (Edinburgh, 

1650. About this year the first bridge over the Dodder at 
ftingsend was erected, when it singularly occurred, that 
the bridge was scarcely finished, and a safe passage effected 
over this heretofore d'angerous stream, than it suddenly 
altered its channel, leaving the bridge on dry ground and 
useless ; " in which perverse course," says Boate, " it con- 
tinued, until perforce it was constrained to return to its old 
channel, and to keep within the same." " Ireland's Natu- 
ral History," p. 60. 

1654. A survey of this date represents " Butterstown " as 
containing '240A., of which 200A. were arable, 35.\. pas- 
ture, and 5 A. meadow, the property of Sir William Kteves, 
of Rathsallagh, an English Protestant, by virtue of a 

mortgage from the Lord of llerrion, " an Irish papist ;" 
that there was on the grounds a castle in repair ; that the 
premises were a manor, with courts leet and baron ; and 
that the tithes belonged to Christ Church. 

1654. A survey of this date states that Merrion had been the 
property of the Lord of Merrion ; that the premises were 
an old decayed castle and an extensive burrow ; that said 
premises constituted a manor, with courts leet and baron ; 
and that the tithes belonged to the College of Dublin. 

1654. A survey of this date makes Simmonscourt to contain 
110A., of which 80A. were arable, 20A meadow, and 10A. 
pasture ; that it had been the property of the Lord of 
Merrion ; and that the tithes belonged to the College of 

1657. Sir William Ussher, of Donnybrook, Clerk of the 
Council, died in this year, though Lewis, in his " Topo- 
graphical Dictionary of Ireland, 1 ' vol. ii. p. 516, falling 
into the error of Messrs. Whitelaw and Walsh, makes 
him to have been drowned in the Dodder in 1649. In his 
house in Dublin, in 1602, had been printed the first Irish 
version of the New Testament See Gilbert's " History of 
Dublin," voL i. p. 385. 

1660. At this time, the Archdeacon of Dublin's glebe in Don- 
ii} brook was one park and three slangs, demised to Mr. 
William Scott. 

1663. Oliver, second Viscount Fitzwilliam, of Merrion, 
created Earl of Tyrconnel by patent, dated 20th April, 
1663 ; or rather 1661, as we find him Earl of Tyrconnel 
29th July in that year, ami 9th July, 1662, he took his 
seat by proxy in the House of Peers. Lords' Jour. i. 
274, 317. 

1664. " Ringsend and out-Liberties," as stated in an old MS. 
(Imminent in the writer's possession, relative to Hearth- 
Money in Dublin, 1664-5, were charged ,16 10s. for 165 

1666. In a grant of 178A. statute measure, part of Simmons- 
court, to the Earl of Tyrconnel, the rights of the Dean and 
Chapter of Christ Church were especially saved. 

1666. His Majesty's patent, bearing date 8th June, 1664, 
and containing a gracious pardon to the Earl of Tyrcon- 



nel for all crimes, treasons, &c., committed before the 29th 
December, 1660, in relation to any war in England and 
Ireland, and a clause of restitution to his estate, having 
been confirmed, he passed patent accordingly, llth July, 
1666, for Ringsend, Merrion, &c. ; and that year made a 
settlement thereof to the use of himself and his Countess 
Eleanor, for their respective lives ; remainder to their heirs 
male ; remainder to his brother William for life ; remain- 
der to Thomas, son of the said William, and his heirs 
male; with other remainders over. Archdall's "Lodge's 
Peerage of Ireland," vol. iv. p. 317, n. 

1667. Oliver Earl of Tyrconnel buried in the churchyard of 
Donnybrook, 12th April. See Note (bb). The earldom 
became extinct ; but in his other titles he was succeeded 
by his brother William, third Viscount Fitzwilliam, of 
Merrion, who died before the year 1681, and was succeeded 
by his only son Thomas. The King granted to the Earl's 
widow an abatement of quit-rents and a pension of 300 
a year for life. 

1670. A great storm happening at new moon, in the month 
of March, the tide overflowed the banks of the Dodder at 
Ringsend, flooded up to the College, and very high into 
the city ; some houses were swept down, and many cellars 
and warehouses laid under water. 

1670. John Lord Berkeley, Baron of Stratton, Lord Lieu- 
tenant of Ireland, landed at Ringsend, 21st April. 

1674. Proposal made to form a harbour at Ringsend Yar- 

ranton's "England's Improvement by Sea and Land," 
pp. 151-155 (London, 1677). 

1684. The glebe of Donnybrook denned in a lease of this 
date, as adjoining the churchyard on the north side, and 
containing half an acre. 

1690. King James II. visited Ringsend. See Note (ff). 

1691. December 5th, when De Ginckel was departing for 
England, the Lords Justices, and most of the nobility and 
gentry in and about Dublin, accompanied him to Rings- 
end Story's " Impartial History of the Wars of Ire- 
land," Part ii. p. 288. 

1697. About this time the corporation of Dublin conveyed 
their right of holding a fair at Donnybrook to the Ussher 


1698. "Abram le Grove executed and hung in irons below 
Ringsend, for a horrid murder he committed on a Dutch 
skipper," 7th February. " Chronological Remembrancer." 

1703. The inhabitants of Ringsend having become numerous 
by the accession of many officers of the port, seamen, and 
strangers, and being not only distant from Donnybrook, 
their parish church, but prevented from resorting thither 
by tides and waters overflowing the highway, an Act was 
passed, on the application of the Archbishop and Archdea- 
con of Dublin, authorising Thomas Lord Viscount Mer- 
rion to convey any quantity of land, not exceeding two 
acres, for a church and churchyard for their accommoda- 
tion; and the Archbishop was empowered to apply 100 
out of the forfeited tithes towards building same. (2 
Anne, c. xi. s. 8) The endowment afterwards took effect 
in the adjacent village of Irishtown Strangely enough, 
almost even' one who has written about Irishtown Church, 
has stated that it was built "for the use of the garrison of 
Pigeon-house " (ur in such like words) ; whereas, though 
the exact date of its erection is not known, the former build- 
ing preceded the latter by little less than a ceutury. 

1704. Thomas, fourth Viscount Fitzwilliam, of Merrion, 
who had been outlawed as a supporter of King James 
II., but whose outlawry was reversed, died 20th February, 
and was succeeded by his only son Richard, fifth Viscount, 
who conformed to the Established religion in 1710. and 
whose elder daughter Mary was married, in 1733, to Heury 
Earl of Pembroke. 

1709. Thomas Earl of Wharton, Lord Lieutenant of Ire- 
land, lauded at liingsend, 21st April. 

1711. About this year, agreeably to a plan suggested by a 
Mr. Corneille, and also in consequence of an opinion of 
Captain Burgh, his Majesty's Surveyor- General, a new 
channel for the river Liffoy was made between the city 
and Kingsend. " While these works were going on, a 
proposal was made in the year 1713, by Captain John 
IVrry, for the improvement of the harbour : his phn was 
to make a low wharf or pier of drift-work, from Irislitown 
to the outermost point of the South Bull, and to make a 
dam from the Hingsend to the high lands on the n >rth 
side, to pen the water of the LiflVy and Dodder to some- 
what above the high water of a spring tide, with a stone 

sluice in the embankment to admit vessels into the basin. 
This plan does not seem to have been attended to. ... 
It seems, however, pretty evident from the works which 
were afterwards carried into execution, that the low pier 
of drift-work recommended by him was the principle on 
which they proceeded." " Reports on Dublin Harbour " 
(1800-2), p. 63. 

1712. The extant parish registers of Donnybrook commence 
with this year. The earliest book is entitled " An Ac- 
count of the Marriages, Christnings, and Burialls, of the 
Protestants [and others] within the Parish of Donebroke, 
since March the 27th, 1712. George Fitzgerald, Clerke. 
This Book was boght at the Parish-charge. Mr. Patrick 
Kelley and Mr. Thomas Freeman, Churchwardens." See 
Note (t). 

1714. About this year surveys were ordered relative to the 
propriety of piling below Ringsend ; and in consequence 
thereof, the preparatory work was soon after begun, by 
sinking wicker-work kishes filled with stones : and in 
1717 the piling commenced. 

1715. From the following entry in the parish register of 
Donnybrook, the Kev. Walter Tiiomas, who was Curate of 
the parish in the same year, would appear to have had 
some connexion with St. Matthew's, Ringsend : " Sep. 
1st, 1715, Mr. Lewis bought of the Rev. Walter Thomas 
his seat in the Chappie of St. Mathew's in Irishtown," 
etc., for .4. Mr. Thomas was perhaps the Minister of 
St. Matthew's before it was endowed in 1723, the yearly 
expenses having been defrayed by a tax levied on" every 
sailor who crosbed Dublin Bar. 

1716. "Buried, Madam Cleton, in the Chancell of Done- 
brook," 1st February [? the mother of Bishop Clayton, 
who was buried in 1758.] Donnybrook Parish Register. 

1719. "July 27th. It is agreed on between Mr. Thomas 
Thomas, of Donebrook, and Mr. Thomas Wilkinson, of 

" Ringsend, Churchwardens for the ensuing year, dividing 
60 sterling between them, y* is to sav, thirtv-seven 
pounds sterling on the upper ward or country part of the 
parish of Donebrook, and twenty-three pounds sterling on 
Ringsend and Irishtown, being the lower ward." 
arish Register. 

1719. Charles Whittingham, D.D., appointed to the arch- 
deaconry of Dublin in December, 1719, on the resignation 
of Archdeacon Dougatt ; and died in 1743. His name 
appears in almost every page of the parish register of 
Donnybrook during his incumbency ; and he probably re- 
sided constantly in the glebe-ho'use in the village of 
Donnybrook. This house, situated at one end of Church- 
lane (which in former days was the resort of many of the 
beau mondeof Dublin, and from which was the entrance to 
the churchyard), was subsequently well known as the Rose- 
tavern, the " Salt-hill " of its day : in later times it dege- 
nerated into a public-house ; but happily it is once more 
a private dwelling, though one of an humble character. 
"Buried, Madam Whittingham, Sept 13th, 1731." 
Donnybi-ook Parish Register. 

1723. A King's Letter issued (10 Geo. I.) " for establishing a 
minister at Ringsend," 23rd May ; and the Rev. " John 
Buherean " (or Boherean, as in the attested copy of his 
appointment in the possession of the present Chaplain, 
Dr. Wall) appointed " to the ministry or curacy of the 
chapel in Ringsend." (" Liber Muneruin," Part v. 
p. 142.) "Buherean" is evidently a misprint for Buhe- 
reau, al. Bohereau, a/. Borough ; the last being the form 
of the name on his tombstone. He died in 172G, and (as 
stated in the parish register of Donnybrook) was buried, 
lltli May, in the churchyard of St Matthew's. Ringsend. 
A writer in the Christian Examiner (March, 1857) refers 
to soni" interesting French MSS., which were placed in 
Abp. Marsh's Library, Dublin, by the Rev. Elias Bohereau, 
D.D., Precentor of St. Patrick's Cathedral, and the first 
Librarian, who died in 1719; and states that he has 
" heard it asserted that Sir E. Borough [of Dublin] is a 
descendant of the Rev. Elias Bohereau," who was a French 
refugee, and whose third son was the Rev. John Borough, 
of Ringsend. See " Burke's Baronetage." 

1726. The Rev. Michael Hartlib (not Isaac Hartlitt, as he 
is called l.y Mr. D'Alton), Ki-.-t,,r of Killary. or Kilhrvey, 
in the diocese of Meath (1703), appointed to the chap- 
laincy of St. Matth-w's Itingscnd, 1st June, on the death 
of the Rev. John Borough. Mr. Hartlil) died in 1741, 
and was buried in St. Und-.-t's churchyard, Dublin, 2Uth 
August (Parish RegitUr of St. Bridget's'). His burial is 
recorded likewise in the parish register of Donnybrook. 


1726. The bay of Dublin witnessed a very memorable scene, 
when Dean Swift, on his return to Ireland in the month of 
August, was received with all the honours which the 
" Drapier's Letters " had earned for him, and brought to 
his landing-place in triumph. 

1726. According to Dr. Threlkeld, a broad-leaved variety of 
the absinthium maritimum was found between Merrion and 
Blackrock. The country people in his time [1726] made 
the common kind into sheaves, and brought it to Dublin, 
where it was used in brewing an ale called purl. " Sy- 
nopsis Stirpiurn Hibernicarum," sub voce. 

1726. Eighteen persons, men, women, and children, drowned 
near Ringsend, by the oversetting of a boat. " Chronolo- 
gical Remembrancer." 

1728. Mr. John Day, one of the Churchwardens of Donny- 
brook for this year, was unable to write, as appears from 
" his mark " in the parish register ! His case, we have 
every reason to believe, was singular. 

1728. A reference to Brooking's curious " Map of the City 
and Suburbs of Dublin," published in this year, will show 
that very great changes have taken place in Irishtown 
and the neighbouring districts during the last century. 

1729. William King, D.D., Archbishop of Dublin, buried 
in the churchyard of Donnybrook, on the north side, 
10th May. See Note (). For some particulars respect- 
ing portraits of him, see Bishop Mant's " History of the 
Church of Ireland," vol. ii. p. 496 ; or, Wills' " Lives of 
Illustrious and Distinguished Irishmen," vol. iv. p. 308. 

1729. Ringsend-bridge rebuilt. 

1730. "Buried, Robert Dougket, Late AD.," 13th August 
(Donnybrook Parish Register). Robert Dougatt, A.M., 
was appointed to the archdeaconry of Dublin in 1715, 
which he resigned in 1719 ; and became Precentor of St. 
Patrick's, and Keeper of Abp. Marsh's Library, on the 
death of Dr. Bohereau in that year. He was nephew to 
Archbishop King Cotton's " Fasti Ecclesiae Hibernica?," 
vol. ii. pp. 112, 130. 

1732. "Married [in Donnybrook Church] Jeffery Foot and 
Jane Lnndy, 13th April." Alderman Lundy Foot was 
baptized 21st April, 1735, and buried oth January, 1805. 
Donnybrook Parish Register. 


1733. Sir Edward Lovet Pearce, M.P., buried in the church- 
yard of Donnybrook, 10th December. There also was 
interred, 20th January, 1738, his brother, the Right lion. 
Lieut.- General Thomas Pearce, who " was at once Go- 
vernor, Mayor, and Representative in Parliament, of the 
city of Limerick;'' and Lady Pearce. 17t!i July, 1749 
{Donnybrook Parish Register}. Sue Xote (p). 

1735. A light- ship, being a small sloop, with a lantern at 
her mast-head, was placed at the end of the Piles, near to 
the situation of the present Lighthouse. 

1737. "Buried, William Jones, of Brickfield," 24th July 
{Donnybrook Parish Register). In Rocque's " Plan of 
the City of Dublin and the Environs," published not many 
years after this date, " Brickfield Town " and the " Con- 
niveing House" appear where Sandymount now is ; and in 
his "Actual Survey of the Environs of the City of Dublin" 
(first sheet), we find, inter alia, "Black Rock Avenue" 
(now the Cross-avenue) ; " Merrion Lane " (now Booters- 
town-avenue) and the " Mass House ;" " Lord Merriou's 
Brick Fields ;" and "The Piles," witli the Light-ship, &c. 
These maps contain some curious particulars, and^de.-ei ve 
a careful inspection. 

1737. William Duke of Devonshire, Lord Lieutenant of 
Ireland, landed at Ringsend, 7th September. 

1740. " The strand in the neighbourhood of Irishtown was 
famous for the quantities of shrimps caujjht there; but 
the ^reat frost of 17-iO destroyed them, and the few that 
are now [1776] found are neither so large or delicate." 
Exshttw's Magazine. 

1740. About this year the factory at Ballsbridge, for print- 
ing linen, calico, and cotton, was opened. It was subse- 
quently in'icli extended and improved by Messrs. Duffy & 
Co.; but for several y.-ur- p.i-t it has been discontinued, 
and the buildings applied to other uses. 

1741. The Rev. Isaac Mann, D.D., appointed to the chaplaincy 
of St. Matthew's, Rintjsend, -Itli November, on the death 
of the Rev. Mi.-hael Hartlib. He held at the sune time 
the rectory of Killary, or K illarvey, in the diocese of Meath. 
In 1757 he became Archdeacon of Dublin; and in 1772 

was raised to tin; bislmprick of Cork and Ross Cotton's 

" l-'a-ti Ecclesiaj Iliberniea;," vol. ii. p. 131. 

1742. "Buried, Henry Lord Power, in y 9 Vault of St. 
Mathew's Chappel [Ringsend], May 6th " (Donnylrook 
Parish Register). "Tlii.s individual," as Mr. D'Altou 
writes, " but for the effect of attainders, was the Lord 
Power of Curraghmore, and should be commemorated by 
the Waterford family, who eirjoy what were once the 
estates of the Peers. His name you will find in the Civil 
Establishment of 1727, for an annuity of 550, although 
the Irish Parliament had objected to the grant. He had 
claimed the estate of Curraghmore, as heir male of [James 
Earl of Tyrone] the father of Lady Catharine Poer, who 
on her marriage had brought over that property to Sir 
Marcus Beresford [afterwards created Earl of Tyrone] ; 
but of course he failed in his suit." For particulars of the 
family, see Archdall's " Lodge's Peerage of Ireland," vol. ii. 
p. 303. See also Notes and Queries, 2nd S., viii. 518. 

1742. "Buried, Frances Trotter, in the Cabbage Garden 
[near St. Kevin's Church, Dublin, and long a favourite 
place of burial with the Wesley ans], 10th December." 
Donnybrook Parish Register. 

1743. Richard, fifth Viscount Fitzwilliam, of Merrion, who 
had succeeded his father in 1704, died at Thorpe, in Sur- 
rey, 6th June. 

1744. "Buried, Governor Richd. Fitzwilliams " (?), 18th 
May. Donnybrook Parish Register. 

1746. Archdeacon Pococke (a learned man and accomplished 
traveller, and subsequently Bishop of Meath) held a Visi- 
tation in St. Patrick's Cathedral, " which perhaps is the 
latest of such visitations on record in Ireland." 

1747. "Buried, Lady Newport," 28th February (Donny- 
brook Parish Register). She was the daughter and co- 
heiress of Anderson, Esq., of Worcestershire: and 

became the wife of Robert Lord Newport, who was Lord 
Chancellor of Ireland, and twelve times sworn one of the 
Lords Justices, and died "in the government," 3rd De- 
cember, 1756, having been advanced to the dignity of 
Viscount Jocelyn in the preceding year. Ladv Newport 
died 23rd February, 1747, being the mother "of Robert, 
afterwards first Earl of Roden. In the same register is 
recorded the burial, 16th July, 1762, of Lieut.-Colonel 
George Jocelyn, who was wounded at the battle of Fonte- 
noy iu 1745, was appointed Deputy- Governor of Carlisle, 


and diod at Leixlip, unmarried, 14th July ; and also that 
of John Jocelyn, Esq., an officer in the army, who died 
suddenly in Dublin, 16th December, 1765, aged 45, and 
was buried two days after " in the family-vault at Irish- 
town." Archdall's "Lodge's Peerage of Ireland," vol. iii. 
pp. 268, 269. 

1748. " Buried, July y 23, Lord Mayo's Son" (Donnybrovk 
Parish Register)" This was Sir Aylmer Bourke, only 
son of John, eighth Viscount Mayo, by Catharine, daugh- 
ter of Major Whitgift Aylmer, descended from Dr. John 
Aylmer, Bishop of London, and from Dr. John Whitgift, 
Archbishop of Canterbury, both in the reign of Queen 
Elizabeth. He was born 17th November, 1743; died 
21st July, 1748 ; and two days after "was buried in the 
church of Irishtown, near Dublin." Archdall's " Lodge's 
Peerage of Ireland," vol. iv. p. 249. 

1748. Henry Ussher granted several denominations of land 
at Donnybrook, together with the Green, to Catherine 
Downes, in fee, excepting and reserving unto said Henry 
Ussher, his heirs and assigns, the benefit and profit of 
holding the yearly fair in the usual place. Ulysses de 
Burgh, Lord Downes, is the present proprietor in fee of the 

1748. The South-wall, nearly three English miles and a- half 
in length, commenced in this year, and finally completed 
in 1796. It was carried as far as the site of the Pigeon- 
house within the first seven years. See Note (ee). 

1750 Proposals were issued in Dublin for publishing an 
English, Irish, and Latin Dictionary, by a Mr. Crab, of 
Uingsend; but the book was never printed. " Finding 
its way into the library of the late General Vallancey, it 
was purchased, when his books were sold, at the price of 
forty guineas, for a gentleman of Irish birth, the Rev. 
Dr. Adam Clarke" (Anderson's " Sketches of the Native 
Irish," p. 98). Is this to be identified with "General 
Vallancey's Gaelic Dictionary," 2 vols., folio ? These vo- 
lumes were sold in 1836, on Dr. Clarke's death, for 
52 10s., to Mr. Thorpe, of London; being "one of the 
most important manuscripts on the ancient Irish language 
extant, and on which tlie indefatigable and enthusiastic 
author spent upwards of thirty yc ir>." The annexed note 
is from the inside of the cover uf the first volume : 


"Bought against the Dublin University and the king- 
dom of Ireland, at the sale of General Vallancey's books, 
in 1813, for 57, by me, A. C." 

1750. The Very Rev. Theophilus Brocas, A.M., Dean of 
Killala, appointed to the chaplaincy of St. Matthew's, 
Ringsend, 4th December, on the resignation of the Rev. 
Dr. Isaac Mann. He held it until 1764 ; and dying in 
1770, was buried in St. Anne's Church, Dublin. 

1750. A survey of about this date, makes the Archdeacon 
of Dublin's glebe in Donnybrook to contain 2 roods, 24 
perches, besides a garden of 24 perches between it and the 
churchyard, doubted whether part of the glebe or not : the 
churchyard itself measures 1 rood, 8 perches. 

1751. Hires of coaches for set-downs from Dublin to Black- 
rock, 2s. 2d. ; Butterstown, 2s. 2d. ; Donnybrook, Is. Id. ; 
Merrion, 2s. 2d. ; Mount Merrion, 2s. 2d. ; and Ringsend, 
Is. Id. " No more to be demanded if they return imme- 
diately, or in ten minutes. Otherwise, to have 6^d. by 
the hour, over the time spent in going and returning." 
Hires of Ringsend cars or chaises for set-downs from Dub- 
lin to Blackrock, 9d. ; Butterstown, 9d. ; Donnybrook, 
3d. ; Merrion, 9d. ; Mount Merrion, 9d. ; and Ringsend, 
3d. " They are to have 3d. by the hour over and above 
the time spent in going and coming. Or for waiting, 6d. 
the first hour, and 3d. every hour after. And a British 
half-crown for the whole day." " Watson's Almanack." 

1753. "The Lord Mayor, attended by several of the city 
officers, went to Donnybrook [Monday, 20th August], 
where his Lordship issued a proclamation forbidding any 
person to erect tents or booths there till the Fair-day ap- 
pointed by patent, and to take them down and disperse at 
the end of the day, on pain of incurring such penalties as 
the law directs in case of disobedience." Universal Ad- 
vertiser, 25th August. 

1753. The Very Rev. Robert Watts, D.D., "Dean of Ossory" 
(more correctly, Dean of Kilkenny, or Dean of St. Canice), 
buried 20th December {Donnybrook Parish Register). 
See Cotton's "Fasti Ecclesias Hibernicas," vol. ii. p. 291. 

1754. It is set forth in a return made this year by the Rev. 
Thomas Heany, of Monkstown, relative to the parishes of 
Monkstown, &c., that " two third-parts of the Blackrock 


and Booterstown tythe, although in the parish of Donny- 
brook, belong to the Dean of Christ Church, and one- 
third to the Curate of Monkstown. The tythe of fish be- 
longs to the Curate, and is usually set at the yearly rent 
of 4.5." See Note (d). 

1754. " The damage, occasioned by the heavy rain this day 
[14th June] and the preceding night, exceeds any tiling of 
the like nature that can be remembered. A few instances out 
of many will be sufficient to evince the melancholy truth. 
. . . the Paper-mill at Ballsbridge, together with Mr. 
Grant's improvements, and a large quantity of stamped 
linens, were born away by the current." Universal Ad- 
vertiser, 18th June. 

1754. " We hear a subscription is set on foot for building 
convenient bathing places at the Blackrock, for the accom- 
modation of such as resort thither for the benefit of the 
water." Universal Advertiser, 23rd July. 

1756. On the death of Henry Ussher in this year, the right 
of holding Donnybrook Fair became vested in Sir William 
Wolseley, Bart, who in 1778 made a lease thereof to 
Joseph Madden, of Donnybrook; and in 1812 the then 
Baronet absolutely usigned MOM for ever to John Madden, 
son of the aforesaid Jo.-eph. liy the representatives of whom, 
and of his brother Peter, the same was sold in 1855. See 
Note O). 

1758. Robert Clayton, D.D., Bishop of Clogher, buried in 
the churchyard of Donnybrook, 1st March. See Note (). 
" Cutliren Clayton, y 1 ' ISp.'s wile," buried in same place, 
8th January, 1766 Donnybrook Parish Register. 

1758. As would appear from advertisements in Skater's 
J'liblic Gazetteer of this year, Donnybrook and I5alKbi-idgi> 
linens, printed by Messrs. Thomas . \shworlh and Co., were 
in great demand. Mr. Ash worth's name frequently ap- 
pears in the parish register. 

1759. Bartholomew, M.D., the founder of the Dub- 
lin Lying-in Hospital (the lirst establishment of the kind 
in her Majesty's dominions), buried in the churchyard of 
Donnybrook,' 18th February. See Note (//). 

1759. It ha- !> n -aid that the Archdeacon of Dublin has a 
dormant power of granting marriage-licenses within his 
archdeaconry ; and the following entries in the parish re- 


gister of Donnybrook tend to confirm the idea : "Married 
by the Archdeacon's License, by the Rev. Michael Heatly, 
Mr. Charles Christian to Mrs. Mary Lovett, 24th May, 
1759 '' ; and, " Married by the Archdeacon's License, Mr. 
Henry Hopley to Mrs. Jane Brown, by the Rev. Dr. 
Mann, Archdeacon of Dublin, 19th February, 1764." 

1761. The foundation of the Lighthouse in Poolbeg, near 
Dublin Bar, laid. In Scale and Richards' " Directions 
for Navigating into the Bay of Dublin." etc. (Dublin, 
17(55), p. 22, it is stated that " as the Light-house on the 
Piles is not finished, the Light-ship continues to display 
her ensign from half-flood to half-ebb in the day, and her 
lanthorn's-light from half-flood to half-ebb in the night." 
The Light-house finished in 1768, under considerable 
difficulties, by John Smith, Esq. See Note (ee). 

1761. George Earl of Halifax, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, 
landed at Ringsend, 6th October; and embarked at same 
place for England, 1st May, in the following year. 

1762. " Buried, Rev. Dr. John Winn," 21st January (Don- 
nybrook Parish Register}. This was the Rev. John 
Wynne, A.M., Precentor of St. Patrick's Cathedral, and 
" Keeper of [Archbishop Marsh's] the publick Library of 

1763. "Married, the Hon. William Beresford to Miss Elizabeth 
Fitzgibons," 12th June (Donnybrook Parish Register}. 
The Hon. and Rev. Win. Beresford, brother of the first 
Marquess of Waterford, was appointed to the see of Dro- 
more in 1780, and translated to Ossory in same year. In 
1794 he became Archbishop of Tuam ; and having been 
created Lord Decies in 1812, died in 1819. Miss Eliza- 
beth Fitzgibbon was the second daughter of John Fitz- 
gibbon, Esq., a barrister of eminence, who had a house 
close to Donnybrook -green ; and the sister of the subse- 
quently well-known Earl of Clare Cotton's " Fasti Ec- 
clesiaj Hibernicae," vol. iii. p. 285, iv. p 18; and Arch- 
dall's " Lodge's Peerage of Ireland," vol. ii. p. 309. 

1763. A violent storm of wind and rain, which did much 
damage to the shipping at Poolbog, 25th September. Two 
new houses in Ringsend blown down. Freeman's Journal. 

1763. In the rental of the estate of All- Hallows, taken from 
the rental of the estate of the city of Dublin, as it was 


in this year, and printed in Harris's " History of Dublin," 
p. 492, William Ussher, Esq., appears as tenant of land 
near Donnybrook, at the annual rent of i.100. 

1764. The Rev. John Brocas, A.M. (likewise Dean of Kil- 
lala from 1770), appointed to the chaplaincy of St. Mat- 
thew's, Rinjrsend, 29th March, on the resignation of the 
Very Rev. Theophilus Brocas. He died in 1795. 

1764. "Yesterday their Excellencies the Lords Justices, 
attended by the Lord Mayor, Sheriffs, and Committee of 
Directors of the Ballast Office, were graciously pleased to 
go in barges down the water, to visit the South-wall, the 
Cassoon, and the new Light-house erecting for the secu- 
rity of this harbour. . . . Their Excellencies were 
pleased to accept of a cold repast provided for them and 
their friends at the Block-house, and expressed their ap- 
probation of the conduct of these great works, to the great 
satisfaction of the Committee." Freeman's Journal, llth 

1764. Donnybrook Parish charged at this date with Minis- 
ter's Money to the amount of 60 Freeman's Journal, 
2nd October. 

1765. Died "at Mount Merrion, near this city, aged 112 years 
and 3 months, Francis Jones, by trade a brogue-maker. 
He retained his senses to the last, and never lost a tooth." 
Freeman's Journal, 4th May. 

1765. " Our High Sheriff, attended by the proper officers, a 
strong guard, and about twenty-five cars, went to Donny- 
brook [3 1st August], and caused the tents to be pulled 
down ; with which the cars were loaded, also with pots, 
tables, forms, &c., and brought to the Tholsel. The tents 
were pulled down the day before, but daringly erected 
again, notwithstanding the orders given to the contrary. 
In all probability much mischief would have been done, if 
the vigilance of the Sheriff had not put a stop to the con- 
tinuing the Fair." Freeman's Journal, 3rd September. 

1766. " Married, by Consistory Licence, by the Rev. Thomas 
Heany, Capt. Charles Vallancey, Esq., to Mrs. Julia [?] 
Blosett," 15th Jan., 1766. Donnybrook Parish Reyisttr. 

1766. The Rev. John Leland, D.D., a Presbyterian minister 
in Dublin, and author of " A View of Delstical Writers " 
(first published in 1754), and of other works, buried 19th 
January. Donnybrook Parish Register. 



1766. A house at Ringsend taken by the Governors of the 
Hibernian Nursery for the Marine. (Freeman's Journal, 
28th June.) The funds and the number of the boys in- 
creasing, ground was taken at the lower end of Sir John 
Rogerson's-quay, and the present building opened in 1773. 

1776. Richard, sixth Viscount Fitzwilliam, of Merrion, who 
had succeeded his father in 1743, died 25th May, and 
" was interred in Donnybrook-Chapel." 

1782. For some particulars of these parishes, see "A Tour 
through Dublin and its Environs, in 1782," in Walker's 
Hibernian Magazine for 1783, p. 239. 

1782. " About two in the morning [16th August] the most 
dreadful fall of rain began in Dublin and its neighbour- 
hood that was ever remembered in that country ; it con- 
tinued for fourteen hours with a violence that was truly 
alarming ; the distress of the inhabitants of Dublin is 
beyond description. Ringsend-bridge [erected in 1729] 
was borne down by the flood." (Annual Register.) It 
was not until 1786 that statutory enactments were passed 
for restoring the communication, and supplying Ringsend 
and Irishtown with water from the Dodder. 

1784. Great floods in Dublin and its neighbourhood, caused 
by the overflow of the Liffey, Dodder, and Poddle water- 
course, 3rd January. Walker's Hibernian Magazine. 

1786. Fort Lisle (now Elmctiff), Blackrock, was at this 
date, and for some years after, the residence of John 
Lysaght, Lord Lisle. Lisaniskea, which adjoins, was then 
called Elmcliff. 

1787. In this year occurred one of those remarkable floods, 
by which the Dodder has been so frequently affected. 
" Ringsend was in a very melancholy situation. It re- 
sembled a town which had experienced all the calamities 
of war, that had been sacked by an enemy, or that had 
felt the hand of all-devouring time. The unfortunate in- 
habitants were in a manner excluded from all intercourse 
with Dublin. They were attacked by the overbearing 
floods, which issued from the mountains in irresistible 
torrents, and completely demolished the bridge. The new 
bridge [as in 179t>] is a very handsome one, and cost only 
815." Ferrar's " View of Dublin," &c., p. 74. 

1789. The Duke of Wellington's first victory. See Note (le). 



1790. For some fond allusions to Irish town at this date, see 
" Life of Theobald Wolfe Tone," vol. i. p. 35. 

1790. Sir Jonah Barrington gives in his " Personal Sketches,". 
vol. iii. pp. 230-259, an amusing, but very questionable, 
account of his visit in this year to Donnybrook Fair. 

1791. Cranfield's Baths, situated on Irishtown-strand, and 
said to be the earliest public baths in Ireland, opened by 
Mr. Richard Cranfield, who " shut out the sea, and made 
land [many years known as Scal'd Hill] from Irish town 
to Sandy mount." He died there, 24th December, 1859. 

1791. A bridge of three arches erected over the Dodder at 
Ballsbridge. Rebuilt in 1835. 

1791. " Died at Donnybrook the Right Hon. [Wm.] Lord 
[Viscount] Chetwynd." (Dublin Chronicle, 15th Novem- 
ber.) His "principal country residence" was close to 
Donny brook-green. 

1792. An inundation of the sea, which made several breaches 
in the South-wall, and laid all the low grounds between 
Sir John Rogerson's-quay and Ringsend-brulge under wa- 
ter, 24th January. 

1792. The Hospital for Incurables, which had been esta- 
blished in 1743, transferred from Townsend-strcet, Dub- 
lin, to Donnybrook. See Note (*). 

1793. Died on the Donnybrook-road, 23rd July, the Hon. 
Robert Ilellen, one of the Justices of the Court of Common 
Pleas. ("Anthologia Hibernica,'' vol. ii., p. 78.) He 
was one of" the characters which figure in ' Baratariana '." 
Notes and Queries, 2nd S., viii. 21. 

1793. Miss Anne Keon, of St. Stephen's-green, Dublin, left, 
with many other large legacies, 1,000 to the Hospital 
for Incurables. " Anthologia Hibernica," vol. ii. p. 155. 

1794. The lion. Richard Power, one of the Barons of the Ex- 
chequer, having been ordered by Lord Clare to appear in 
the Court of Chancery, of which he was Usher, and to 
answer certain charges, threw himself into the sea from the 
South-wall, near the Pigeon-house, and perished, 2nd 
February. See Daunt's " Personal Recollections of O'Con- 
nell," vol. ii. p. 115 (an amusing book); and Gilbert's 
" History of Dublin," vol. iii. p. 290. 


1794. A portion of Bagotrath Castle, much frequented by 
robbers, was standing in this year, a view of the ruins 
being given in Grose's " Antiquities of Ireland," vol. i. 
p. 10 ; but not a vestige of them remains. 

1794. " Last Wednesday night [17th December] the house of 
Lady Barry, at Sandymount, near BalUbridge, was broken 
into by a gang of miscreants, and robbed of valuable arti- 
cles to a considerable amount. These savage ruffians, on 
entering into Lady Barry's chamber, fired a pistol at her, 
which fortunately missed its aim, but strewed the room 
with the slugs with which it was loaded." " Anthologia 
Hibernica," vol. iv. p. 477. 

1795. When his Excellency Earl Fitzwilliam was leaving 
Ireland, 25th March, his carriage was stopped in College- 
green by the populace, who took out the horses, and drew 
it from thence to the Pigeon-house, where he embarked. 
" His Lordship was accompanied by nearly every dignified 
character at present in the metropolis, whose carriages 
formed a line beyond precedent extensive." Newspaper 

1795. The Rev. Robert Ball, LL.B., appointed to the chap- 
laincy of St. Matthew's, Ringsend, on the death of the 
Very Rev. John Brocas. Mr. Ball died in May, 1828, 
having held likewise the prebend and vicarage of Drum- 
holm, in the diocese of Rapho'e, and was buried in the 
churchyard of Stillorgan, loth of same month. 

1795. " Riding to Ringsend, we were presented with a strik- 
ing proof of the vast extent of human labour and human 
genius in the docks building there ; and we were highly 
pleased to find Counsellor Vavasour reclaiming the great 
tract of waste ground near the bridge. ... At 
Sandymount we found a very convenient salt-water bath, 
erected by a Mr. Cranfield. ... To ride over the 
extensive strand from hence to Booterstown, added an in- 
describable gaiety to our spirits. . . . Going to the 
county of Wicklow, the road to the Blackrock is evidently 
the pleasantest, most frequented, and level. At Booters"- 
town the fields are disposed in a style of judicious hus- 
bandry. The villas are neat and commodious, particu- 
larly Lord Carleton's [Willow Park], Mr. White's, Mr. 
La Touche's [Sans Souci], Mr. D'Olier's [Collegnes], Mr. 
Alexander's [Seamount], and Sir Boyle Roche's, and 


denote the neighbourhood of a large commercial city. . . 
Williamstown is adjoining Blackroek, and has 
been much improved by Counsellor Vavasour " (Ferrar's 
" View of Dublin," &c,, pp. 74-76). Frescati, near Black- 
rock (then belonging to the Duchess of Leinster, but sub- 
sequently a well known boarding-school, and now divided 
into four dwelling-houses), was about this time a favour- 
ite resort of Lord Edward Fitzgerald. 

1795. Willow Park, Booterstown, had been erected by, and 
(as already stated) was at this time the residence of, Hugh 
Lord Carieton, Chief Justice of the Court of Common 
Pleas. He was created a Viscount in 1797 ; and having 
resigned office in 1800, died in London, without issue, 25th 
February, 1826. See the Gentleman's Magazine for 1826, 
Part i. p. 270, where is given a just tribute to his cha- 
racter from Duhigg's "History of the King's Inns r (Dub- 
lin, 1806). 

1795. If John Sidney Taylor, who became well known for 
" his maintenance of the principles of constitutional liberty, 
Christian morality, and successful exertion in advocating 
the alx>lition of the punishment of death," was not born 
about this year in his father's house in Donnybrook, he 
certainly passed there some of his early days. 

1796. The corporation for improving the port of Dublin, 
with the view of helping to clear the channel of the Liffey, 
diverted the Dodder from its natural bed (which ran 
through the ground on which the Rev. Dr. Wall's houses 
are built) into a new channel through the low grounds 
between Irishtown and Dublin. 

1796. Mr. Benjamin Ilig^ins was the author of a very inte- 
resting " Account of the Rise and Progress of the Lying- 
in Hospital in Dublin, with an Attempt towards the Life 
and Character of Doctor Bartholomew Mosse," which ap- 
peared (almost in full, and for the first time) in the Dublin 
Quarterly Journal of Medical Science, November, 1846. 
Mr. Higgins In'ld the re-istrar.ship of the Hospital : and 
at a meeting of the Governors, 14th May, 1796, it was 
" resolved, that this Board will place a tombstone in the 
churchyard of Donnybrook, over the grave of the said 
Benjamin Higgins, as a lasting [?] testimony of their 
at his loss, and of their grateful sense of his unre- 
mitting zeal for this institution." 

1797. " This day [28th August] the Lord Mayor and his 
attendants perambulated the franchised boundaries of 
Dublin. When they arrived at the strand of Booterstown, 
the tide being at the lowest ebb, his Lordship, from the 
water's edge, threw a dart into the sea. The spot where 
it fell was noted as the extreme of the municipal jurisdic- 
tion, according to ancient custom." Newspaper paragraph. 

1798. " Detachments from the U.C. Fusileers and St. Sepul- 
chre's Infantry seized some arms in the environs of Mer- 
rion-avenue," 2nd April. Idem. 

1798. " Last Sunday [27th May] the whole of the male in- 
habitants of Williamstown, and most of those of Blackrock, 
Newtown, Dunleary, and Monkstown, went voluntarily 
before the Magistrates, and took a strong and solemn oath 
of allegiance to his Majesty, and against associating with 
United Irishmen, or any unlawful society. And on Tues- 
day the whole of the inhabitants of Williamstown entered 
into resolutions, declaring their readiness to take up arms 
in defence of their king and country, and the laws of the 
realm, against any traitors or conspirators." Idem. 

1798. " This morning [1st June] a body of about 500 or 
600 persons, inhabitants of Ballsbridge, Donnybrook, and 
their vicinities, repaired to Sandymount, there to take the 
oath of allegiance before Alderman Truelock," who, in the 
month of October following, being in a state of mental 
derangement, shot himself in his house at Simmonscourt. 

1799. " We are sorry to observe that the Magistrates of 
Dublin are so inattentive to its peace as to suffer the con- 
tinuance of that annual nuisance. Donnybrook Fair, so 
many days beyond the time for which it has unfortunately 
a legal claim to exist .... The Fair continued 
until yesterday, and will probably last until it shall grow 
into such an enormity of riot and outrage as shall cure 
itself." Faulkner's Dublin Journal, 3rd September. 

1799. " Xapper Tandy and his associates landed yesterday 
evening [18th November] at the Pigeon- house, from the 
Loftus packet, and were conveyed to Kilmainham goal. 
Tandy was clad in a white serge wrapper, resembling a 
friar's gown, and wore a very large hat, turned up with a 
loop on one side." Newspaper paragraph. 


1800. King George III. granted a charter of incorporation 
to " the Governors and Guardians of the Hospital for In- 
curables, near the City of Dublin," 7th January. See 
" Report of Commissioners appointed to inspect Chari- 
table Institutions, Dublin" (1824), pp. 118-135. 

1800. The Rev Gore Wood, who had been for many years 
Curate of the parish, buried in the churchyard of bunny- 
brook, 25th May. Donnybrook Parish Register. 

1800. Bloomfield, Merrion, was at this date the country resi- 
dence of John Ball, Esq., M.P. for Drogheda, who "in his 
progress to the highest professional eminence never stooped 
to any unworthy condescension," and " though the ablest 
lawyer of his day, was passed over in all Lord Clare's 
promotions." A plain serjeant-at-law, he died 24th Au- 
gust, 1813. " By the unanimous vote of the Irish Bar." 
a monument was erected to his memory in St. Patrick's 
Cathedral, Dublin ; and another by the corporation of 
Drogheda, in St. Peter's Church, in that town, where he 
was buried. See Monck Mason's " History of St. Patrick's 
Cathedral," Appendix, p. lix. ; Phillips' "Specimens of 
Irish Eloquence," p. 300 ; Barrington's " Rise and Fall of 
the Irish Nation," p. 393 (Paris, 1833); and D' Alton's 
' History of Drogheda," vol. i. p. 35, Sec. 

1802. In this year the late Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton, 
Bart., was placed under the care of the Rev. John Moore, 
M:istrr of Donnybrook School ; and in the following year 
he entered the Dublin University, where his career was 
particularly brilliant See Notes and Queries, 1st S., 
vii. 452. 

1802. " Donnybrook Fair has been long compla : ned of as a 
nuisance, and a most dangerous one it is ; as the recruit- 
ing service is at an end, that excuse can no lonir.-r he 
used," &c Dutton's " Observations on Archer's Statis- 
tical Survey of the County of Dublin," p. 56. 

1802. Captain Huddart lias given in his Report on Dublin 
Harbour, presumed in this year to the Directors-General 
of Inland Navigation of Ireland, an historical sketch of the 
works carried on for the improvement of the harbour, 
iluring the past century, at a very great expense ("Re- 
|...rt- on Dublin Harbour," pp. G2-80). Amongst other 
things, he proposed to extend the South-wall 770 yards, 
and to erect a new Light-house, at a cost of 155,600. 


For a biographical sketch of Captain Huddart, distin- 
guished as a geographer and mechanist, see the Annual 
Register {or 1816, p. 220. 

1802. Early in December an inundation destroyed the bridge 
at Ringsend, whereupon was erected the present one of 
mountain granite, which is supposed capable of resisting 
any force of water. At this time the number of wherries 
here was returned as seven. 

1803. In the plans of Robert Emmet (who had a depot at 
Irishtown, in charge of a timber merchant, Mr. Thomas 
Brangan, residing in that village), the Pigeon-house was 
a chief point of attack. He "was frequently at Bran- 
gan's; and on several occasions they walked across the 
strand, when the tide was out, to take plans of the Pigeon- 
house, and make observations." (Dr. Madden 's " Life and 
Times of Robert Emmet," p. 110.) See also p. 127 of 
same work, wherein is given a copy of Emmet's own state- 
ment of his plans and intentions. The writer has an inte- 
resting MS. (pp. 60), in which frequent reference is made 
to the Pigeon-house, entitled "Lord Hardwicke's Vindica- 
tion against the Calumnies of General Fox, Commander of 
the Forces in Ireland, which attributed the most lethargic 
indifference, on the part of the Irish Government, to the 
projected Insurrection of 1803 ;" and which was drawn up 
for the perusal of the Cabinet. 

1805. John O'Neill directed by his will, that whoever should 
enjoy a certain interest in the lands of Simmonscourt, 
should pay, during the continuance thereof, one guinea 
yearly to the support of Townsend-street Chapel, Dublin. 

1807. " Having escaped from the plucking of the Pigeon- 
house, I am safely lodged upon one of the quays of the 
Liffey. 1 ' Milner's " Tour in Ireland," p. 6. 

1807. Ground taken for the College Botanic Gardens, near 

1807. " Sandymount, 19th October, 1807. I certify that I 
did this day, at one o'clock in the afternoon, marry Doctor 
Patrick Duigenan to Mrs. Esther Hepenstal, widow, at 
Sandymount, in the parish of Donnybrook, and county of 
Dublin, in the presence of the Rt. Honble. John Mo'nck 
Mason and sundry other persons. Chars. Dublin [Karl of 
Normanton] " (Donnybrook Parish Register). For a 


biographical sketch of the Eight Hon. Patrick Duigenan, 
LL.D., who died llth April, 1816, see the Gentleman's 
Magazine for that year, Part i. p. 871. 

1807. The Prince of Wales packet wrecked at Dnnleary, 
and the Rochdale transport at Blackrock, 19th No- 
vember. See Note (cc). 

1811. Frescati School, Blackrock, was at this time, and for 
many years after, under the direction of the Rev. Robert 
Craig, A.M., who put forth the following advertisement : 
"Frescati, 16th Jan., 1811. Mr. Craig, having learned 
with much concern, that the rumour of an intention to 
ofler himself a candidate for the Mastership of Drogheda 
School has been industriously circulated, thinks it his duty 
publicly to state, that such an idea never once entered his 
contemplation." There were several schools, as appears 
from the newspapers of this year, in the vicinity of Black- 

1811. Aldborough Lodge, opposite Peafield, Blackrock, was 
at this time the residence of John Earl of Aldborouyh. 

1811. The Roman Catholic Chapel of Booterstown erected, 
at the expense of Richard, seventh Viscount Fitzwilliam, 
of Mcrrion, who had succeeded his father in 1776. The 
French editor of " The Letters of Atticus" has written of 
Lord Fit/william, that " a native of Ireland [born 30th 
July, 1745], where he had very large estates, he expended 
six thousand pounds sterling in building, in a parish of his 
domains, a Catholic Church, and took a pleasure in super- 
intending the labours of the workmen." The foregoing 
statement may not be strictly correct in every particular. 

1812. The registers of baptisms and burials in St. Matthew's, 
Ringsond, commence with this year, being very imperfect 
until 1818. The parochial clergymen discharged the 
" occasional duties " until 1812, when Mr. Wogan (who 
was murdered near Ballsbriilge in 1826) declined to do 
so ; and therefore reference for baptisms and burials in this 
quarter previous to 1812 should be made to the registers 
of Donnybrook. 

1814. The Rev. Matthew West, A.M., Rector of Clane, in the 
diocese of Kildiire. buried in the churchyard of Donny- 
brook, l:Hh September. Mr. West had been Curate of the 
parish of Donnybrook for some years, and published a 


volume of poetry ; and was " a gentleman whose impres- 
sive eloquence as a preacher, and cultivated talents as a 
scholar, were highly and deservedly appreciated by all 
who were acquainted with him." 

1815. The Rev. George Molden, A ssisf ant- Chaplain, buried 
in the churchyard of St. Matthew's, Ringsend. 

1816. Richard Viscount Fitzwilliam died in London, 4th 
February, being succeeded in his titles (with an annuity) by 
his brother John, eighth and last Viscount Fitzwilliam, but 
leaving his large estates to George Augustus Earl of Pem- 
broke and Montgomery, with remainder to the present 
Right Hon. Sidney Herbert and his heirs male. Playfair, 
in his " British Family Antiquity," vol. v. pp. 38-44, gives 
a very high character of Lord Fitzwilliam, with parti- 
culars of his family. See also, for notices of his death, 
munificent bequests to Cambridge University, &c., the 
Gentleman's Magazine for 1816, Part i. pp. 189, 367, 
627 ; and the Annual Register for same year, p. 213. 
Though he lived and died a Protestant, he was the re- 
puted author of a remarkable, and rather scarce publica- 
tion, entitled "The Letters of Atticus" [" or, Protes- 
tantism and Catholicism, considered in their comparative 
Influence on Society "], which, having been written in 
French, and published at different times, were collected 
and reprinted in London, anonymously, in the year 1811. 
Another edition appeared in Paris in 1825; and in the 
following year, in London, an English translation, with 
Lord Fitzwilliam's name on the title-page. 

1816. Erasmus Smith's Schoolhouse, near Donnybrook, for 
boys and girls, erected. The late Lord Downes, of Mer- 
ville, and the late Dr. Perceval, of Annfield, gave each 
100 ; about three-fourths of the amount being soon after 
vested in Government Stock for the benefit of the schools, 
in the names of the Archdeacon of Dublin and two others. 
Here the parish of Taney (in which are Donnybrook Cot- 
tage, the residence of the late Hon. Judge Plunket, Beech- 
hill, and Beaver-row) adjoins the village of Donnybrook. 

1817. The first show of flowers by the Horticultural Society 
held in Erasmus Smith's Schoolhouse, Donnybrook. 

1818. " The Grand Duke Michael, from a wish probably to 
see society under all its forms, visited this scene [Donny- 
brook Fair] on Thursday se'nnight [27th August], and 


was much gratified with the amusements, which the Iri-h 
editor is careful to tell us, were as usual ' knocks down for 
love,' and cut heads, with the never- failing accompaniment 
of picking pockets. The Irish editor thinks these diver- 
sions a certain remedy against treasons, stratagems, and 
spoils. We are sorry to differ from such high authority ; 
but we really think, from his showing, that Donnybrook 
Fair is no better a school for virtue than that abominable 
nuisance which is now infesting Smithfield." Newspaper 

1818. In the Appendix, No. V., to Whitelawand Walsh's 
" History of Dublin," published in this year, a list of the 
"Salaries of the Officers of the Customs in the Port of 
Dublin " is given, including the following items : li Rings- 
end, four surveyors, each 200 ; forty-four tide-waiters, 
each 80 ; fifty five super, ditto, each 60 ; two cox- 
swains, one carpenter, and eleven boatmen, each 50 ; 
curate of Ringsend, 200 ; surgpon for sick and wounded 
officers, 100; clerk of the King's yard, Ringsend, 120, 
house and allowance." 

1818. "The want of churches is much felt and complained 
of in this neighbourhood [of Monkstown], where thrre is 
a more numerous population of the Established religion 
than in any other part of Ireland. Yet, witli the excep- 
tion of Stillorgan, this [at Monkstown] is the only church 
from Ringsend to Bray, the extremity of the county, an 
extent including eleven populous Tillages, and a 'very 
thickly inhabited country." Wlritelaw and Walsh's " His- 
tory of Dublin," vol. ii" p. 1272, n. 

1820. Leonard MacNally, barrister- at-law, whose name is 
now too well known in connexion with Iri.-h afl'.urs in 
1798, buried in the churchyard of D.mnybrouk, 8th June. 
A false report of his death, with age and other particulars, 
having appeared in the newspapers (probably in conse- 
quence of the death of his son Leonard, who was buried in 
Donnybrook, 17th February), the following note (kindly 
supplied by Wm. J. Fitzpatrick, Esq., of Stillurgan) was 

sent to the proprietor of Saunders's News-letter: " Sir 

I am advised, from the severe injury I have received in 
consequence of the great circulation your paper gave of 
my death on the eve of the A>si/i'-s. and my practice in 
the City of Dublin, to apply to the calm determination of 

a City of Dublin Jury for damages against you Your 
obed/St., Leonard MacNally. 20, Cuffe-street, Mon. 
6 March, 1820." 

1821. The population of the parish of Donnybrook, including 
Booterstown, amounted to 9,219 ; comprising 4.267 males 
and 4,952 females. See Notes (_/ and ad). 

1821. The parish of Booterstown formed out of the parish 
of Donnybrook. See Note (</). 

1822. Mr. John Macnamara, formerly of Coolnahella, in the 
county of Clare, and latterly of Sandymount, buried at 
St. Matthew's, Ringsend. He had beeii a well- known 
collector of Irish MSS., which were again dispersed on his 
death. Mention of his MSS. is made in almost every 
page of O'Reilly's "Chronological Account of Irush 
Writers" (Dublin, 1820). 

1823. The Hon. William Fletcher, one of the Justices of the 
Court of Common Pleas, resided at Montrose, near Douny- 
brook, and died in this year. 

1824. Miss Hannah Green, of Donnybrook-road, buried in 
the churchyard of Donnybrook, 27th April, having left by 
will a sum of money for charitable purposes, with which 
Government Stock was purchased, amounting to 115 7s. 
" The bequest was not specific, but to be applied in charity 
in the best manner ; and the late Commissioners of Cha- 
rities having received the amount from her executor in 
the year 1828, directed that the interest should be given 
to the Archdeacon of Dublin, as Incumbent of Donny- 
brook, in which parish testatrix died, to assist in the 
purchase of coals." Official information. 

1824. Booterstowu Church consecrated and opened for Divine 
service on Sunday, 16th May. See Note (a). The Rev. 
James Bulwer appointed to the incumbency. The parish 
registers of baptisms and marriages commence with this 
year. There is no graveyard, and consequently no re- 
gister of burials. Searches for baptisms, &c., previous to 
this year should be made in the registers of Donnybrook 
(of which parish Booterstown was a part) or Monkstown. 

1825. The Rev. Anthony Sillery, A.M., appointed to the 
incumbency of Booterstown, on the resignation of the 
Rev. J. Bulwer. He resigned in 1832. See Note (A). 

1826. Died at his seat, Merville, Stillorgan-road, 3rd March, 

in his 75th year, the Right Hon. William Downes, 
1st Baron Downes, and late Chief Justice of the Court 
of King's Bench. He had been born in Donnybrook 
Castle, which was subsequently a well-kuown boarding- 
school, and is now a nunnery ; and was the son of Robert 
Downes, Esq., of Donnvbrook, M.P. for the county of 
Kildare, by Elizabeth (married 18th Feb., 1737), daugh- 
ter of Thomas Twigg, Esq., likewise of Donnvbrook. 
(Gentleman's Magazine for 1826, Part 5., p. 270 ; and 
" Burke's Peerage.") Merville (like Mount Merrion, Sea- 
field, and Trimleston, in the parish of Taney, but on the 
confines of Booterstown) has been for some years past the 
residence of Lieutenant-General Hall, C.B. 

1826. The Rev. George Wogan, who had been for twenty- 
six years Curate of Donnybrook, murdered in his house in 
Spafield-place, near Ballsbridge, 21st April, and buried 
two days after in Donnybrook churchyard, aged 70 years. 
The same tombstone covers the remains of three who had 
been clergymen of the parish, but without any inscription. 
Denis Hynes and George Stanley, both of Booterstown, 
having received sentence of death for a highway robbery 
committed the same night on the Blackrock-road, con- 
fessed the murder, and were hanged. See Donnybrook 
Vestry-book, pp. 22, 52, for full particulars. 

1820. Booterstown Schoolhouse, Cross-avenue, erected, at 
an expense of nearly 700. " Sept. 5, By Cash from 
Treasury, 184 3s. id." appears in the account. 

1827. St. Mary's Church, Donnybrook, erected at Simmons- 
court, the foundation-stone having been laid by Arch- 
deacon Torrens. In the parish accounts there appears a 
charge of 6 for a silver trowel. The building was not 
opened for Divine service until 1830. See Note (). 

1828. As appears from the vestry-book of the parish of 
Booterstown, " Mrs. F.;i-trrl>y " and " MissKells" attended 
the vestry held on Easter Monday, 7th April. In the same 
book may be found many particulars respecting the parish, 
from 20th July, 1821. 

1828. The Rev. John Evans Johnson, A.B. (now D.D., and 
Archdeacon of Ferns), appointed to the chaplaincy of St. 
Matthew's, Ringsend, in May, on the deatli of the Rev. 
Robert Ball. 

1828. For an account of His Excellency the Marquess of 
Anglesey's visit to Donnybrook Fair on Saturday, 30th 
August, see the Freeman's Journal, 3rd September. 

1829. Mary Myers, of Ringsend, buried in the churchyard 
of St. Matthew's, 21st March, aged 103 years. She had 
never (as she informed Dr. Wall) slept a night out of 
Ringsend, which in her youthful days " was very clean, 
healthy, and beautiful, with vines trained up against the 
walls of the houses," &c. 

1829. The Very Rev. Richard Graves, D.D., Dean of Ar- 
dagh, buried in the churchyard of Donnybrook, 3rd 
April. See Note (s). 

1830. St. Mary's Church, Donnybrook, opened for Divine 

1830. Sandymount Loan-Fund instituted, 1st October. 

1831. The Rev. Richard H. Wall, A.M. (now D.D.), ap- 
pointed to the chaplaincy of St. Matthew's, Ringsend, 
22nd April, on the resignation of the Rev. J. E. Johnson, 
having held the assistant-chaplaincy from 18th October, 

1831. The population of the parish of Booterstown amounted 
to 3,549 ; comprising 1,454 males and 2,095 females ; 
and that of Donnybrook to 10,394 ; comprising 4,729 
males and 5,665 females. 

1832. The Rev. Robert H. Nixon, A.M., appointed to the 
incumbency of Booterstown, in July, on the resignation of 
the Rev. A. Sillery. He died 22nd January, 1857. See 
Note (g}. 

1832. Anglesey-bridge erected over the Dodder at Donny- 

1832. Irishtown Schoolhouse completed, at an expense of 
800, defrayed by subscription. Ground having been 
granted by the late Earl of Pembroke, the building was 
begun in 1824 ; and after many delays from various 
causes, a public meeting of the subscribers was held in the 
vestry of St. Matthew's, Ringsend, 31st December, 1831, 
when it was unanimously resolved to vest the trust of the 
building in the Chaplain of St. Matthew's for the time 
being, for a Protestant male school, an almshouse for Pro- 
testants, and a general dispensary. 


1833. For a very interesting " story of the last century," 
entitled " The Pidgeon House," see the Dublin Penny 
Journal, vol. ii. p. 99, published in this year. It was 
compiled from information supplied by old inhabitants of 
Ringsend ; and gives the history of Pidgeon and his family. 
" Buried, Richard Pigeon [?], "lOth July. 1713 " (Donny- 
brook Parish Register'). Pidgeon's House, as described 
in the Journal, was succeeded by Tunstall's Tavern, for 
many years a great resort of the people of Dublin ; and no 
country gentleman, if he had not dined at Mrs. Tunstall's, 
was considered to have setn the metropolis. The Pigeon- 
house Fort, as already stated, was erected towards the 
close of the last century. 

1833. The Schoolhouse (now the Courthouse) in Sandymount- 
green erected by subscription. 

1833. On the death of John, eighth Viscount Ficzwilliam, 
of Merrion, the honours of the family became extinct. 
The Rev. Mervyn Archdall, in his edition of "Lode's 
Peerage of Ireland," vol. iv. pp. 306-321, gives many 
particulars of this family, to the year 1789 ; and a little 
additional information may be gained from the third issue 
of " Burke's Extinct and Dormant Peerage" (London, 
1846). Playfair likewise devotes some space to the family 
in his "British Family Antiquity," vol. v. pp. :>-<-l t 
(London, 1810). More, however, might well bo in print 
respecting the Fitzwillums of Merrion. 

1834. In the "Second Report on Ecclesiastical Revenue and 
Patronage, Ireland " (1834). p. 219, John Madden ap- 
pears as the tenant of a " house and garden near Duimy- 
brook, containing IA. OR. 8r.," u.ider a lease for 40 years, 
of which twenty-three remained uut-xpired on 29th Sept., 
1832. Annual rent, 2 Is. 6Jd. 

1834. According to Mr. Wm. Tighe Hamilton's " Abstract 
of the Census of the Population of Ireland," p. 74, 
Booter.-town ParMi contained in this year 980 members 
of the Church, 1,751 Roman Catholics, 19 
Presbyterians, and 8 .,ther Protestant Dissenters: total, 
2,758. Dunnybrook Parish, 3,536 members of the E>tab- 
li.-hed Church, 6,712 Roman Catholics, 50 Presbyterians, 
and 17 other Protestant Dissenters: total, 10,315. See 
Notes (j and ao). 

1834. Ballsbridge Schoolhouse erected in this year, and sub- 
sequently enlarged. 

1834. The Hammersmith Iron- works, Ballsbridge, estab- 
lished by Mr. Richard Turner. 

1834. An inundation of the Dodder in the month of No- 
vember, whereby a temporary bridge at Ballsbridge was 
swept away, the neighbouring country flooded, and much 
injury done to the buildings of the Dublin and Kingstown 

1834. The Dublin and Kingstown (now Dublin and Wick- 
low) railway, running through these parishes, first opened 
to the public, 1 7th December. 

1835. Died at Herbert House (now Cherbury), Booters- 
town-avenue, where he had resided for many years, 22nd 
January, the Right Hon. James Fitzgerald, aged 93. He 
married, in 1782, Catherine, second daughter of the Rev. 
Henry Vesey, who was created an Irish Peeress in 1826 ; 
and well known as "the silver-tongued Prime Serjeant" 
(1 784-1799), was the father of the late, and of the present 
Lord Fitzgerald and Vesey. For a biographical sketch, 
see the Gentleman's Magazine for 1835, Part i. p. 318. 
" Bully Egan " had previously occupied the same house. 

1835. The present bridge over the Dodder at Ballsbridge 

1836. About the middle of August, Dublin,was visited by a 
violent storm, which caused a great inundation of the 
Dodder, and seriously injured the Dublin and Kingstown 
railway. For some particulars of the " effects produced 
by the vicinity of a railroad," as observed about this time 
in this locality by the Rev. Thomas Romney Robinson, 
D.D., of Armagh, see the " Proceedings of the Royal Irish 
Academy," vol. v. p. 287. The observations were made 
in the (now-vanished) Dodder- bank Distillery, belonging 
to Mr. Haig. 

1838. Close to Anglesey-bridge, near Donnybrook, and in 
front of St. Ann's (formerly Annfield, for many years the 
residence of the late Robert Perceval, M.D., whose cha- 
racter is well known), stands a small column with the 
following inscription : " MDCCCXXXVIII. Erected to the 
memory of the late Alderman Arthur Morrisson. As a 
Christian and citizen, there were few to equal, none to 

surpass him. He was a sincere friend, charitable, kind, 
and generous. As Lord Mayor of the City of Dublin, he 
was respected and esteemed." It may serve perhaps to 
encourage others, to be told that Alderman Morrisson, 
when Lord Mayor of Dublin, dined at Annfield with Dr. 
Perceval, towards whom he had there stood in a very 
different relation in early life. 

1839. The spire of St. Mary's Church, Donnybrook, seriously 
damaged by the great storm, 6th January, and soon after 
taken down. 

1841. The population of the parish of Booterstown amounted 
to 3,31 8; comprising 1,312 males and 2,006 females; 
and that of Donnybrook to 9,825 ; comprising 4,464 males 
and 5,361 females. 

1842. By 5 aud 6 Viet. c. 23 (" Local and Personal Sta- 
tutes") further power was granted " to lease parts of the 
estates devised by the will of Richard, late Viscount Fitz- 
william, deceased, situate in the city of Dublin, and the 
neighbourhood thereof," &c. The Act details a large 
amount of information respecting the Fitzwilliam Estate 
in these parishes. 

1842. The townland of Intake (i.e., "taken in" from the 
sea), in the parish of Booterstown, and the townlands of 
Bagotrath, Ballsbridge, Beggarsbush, Clonskeagh, Donny- 
brooke east and west, Forty-acres, Irishtown, Merrion, 
Kingsend, Saudymount, and Smotscourt, in the parish of 
Donnybrook, transferred, by 5 and 6 Viet. c. 96, from the 
ancient county of the city to the new barony of Dublin. 

1843. The Right Hon. John Radcliff, LL.D., buried in the 
churchyard of Donnybrook, 21st July. See Note (r). 

1845. Mr. and Mrs. Orson, and two children, buried in the 
churchyard of Donnybrook, 5th February ; their bodies 
having been " found in the ruins of their house [on 
Dodder-bank, near Donnybrook-grecn], which was con- 
sumed by fire under very mysterious circumstances on 
the morning of the 3rd instant." (Donnybrook Parish 
Register.) For a full report of the coroner's inquest, see 
Saundcrs's News-Letter, 6th February. 

1846. Ringsend National Schoolhouse for boys and girls, 
erected by the Kij-'ht Hon. S. Herbert, opened in January. 
An Infant School was soon after added. 


1846. A violent storm in Dublin, and great floods in the 
Dodder, 21st November. For particulars of damage done 
in these parts, see Sauuders's News-Letter of the 23rd. 

18-17. Many improvements effected in the old churchyard of 
Donnybrook, which had been for some years in a very 
neglected condition. See p. 37. 

1849. Queen Victoria, having landed at Kingstown, 6th 
August, with Prince Albert, the Prince of Wales, and 
the Princesses, proceeded, by the Dublin and Kingstown 
railway, to Sandymount-avenue, whence they went 
through Ballsbridge to Baggot-street, on their way to the 
Viceregal Lodge. Her Majesty returned by railway to 
Kingstown, 10th August 

1850. The Church of St. John the Evangelist, Sandymount, 
opened for Divine service on Sunday, 24th March, as fully 
reported in Saunders's News-Letter of the following 
morning. The Rev. William de Burgh, A.M. (now D.D.) r 
appointed to the chaplaincy. A view of the building, 
which cost about 6,000, is given in the Irish Ecclesias- 
tical Journal, vol. vi. p. 58. 

1851. TheVen. John Torrens, D.D., Archdeacon of Dublin, 
and Rector of Donnybrook, &c., died at Narraghmore, 
county of Kildare, 9th June, aged eighty-two years, and 
was buried in St. Peter's Church, Dublin. A half-length 
portrait, painted by Middleton, has been engraved by 
Mr. George Sanders, late of Booterstown. 

1851. The Ven. John West, D.D., Archdeacon of Dublin, 
" read himself in " as Rector of Donnybrook, on Sunday, 
3rd August. 

1851. The population of the parish of Booterstown amounted 
to 3,512; comprising 1,336 males and 2,176 females; 
and that of Donnybrook to 11,178; comprising 4,971 
males and 6,207 females. 

1853. The Roman Catholic Chapel of "St. Mary, Star of 
the Sea," near Irishtown, erected. See " A Letter to the 
Committee of Management," &c., bv William de Burgh. 
B.D. (Dublin, 1853); and the Freeman's Journal, 16th 

1854. The Right Hon. S. Herbert added to the grounds of 
Booterstown Church, and made a new and handsome ap- 
proach from Mount Merrion-avenue. 


1854. For particulars of the several Parochial Institutions of 
Donnybrook at this date, see the " Donnybrook Parish 
Almanack, 1854." 

1854. Sunday Evening Service commenced in St. Matthew's, 
Ringsend, 26th November. See p. 21. 

1855. Donnybrook Fair the Bartholomew of Dublin abo- 
lished, 26th August, in the mayoralty of the Right Hon. 
Joseph Boyce, the patent having been purchased for 
3,000. See Note (y). 

1856. London-bridge over the Dodder, near Irishtown, re- 
built, the wooden bridge in same place having fallen into 

1857. The Rev. Beaver H. Blacker, A.M., appointed to the 
incumbency of Booterstown, 18th February, on the death 
of the Rev. R. H. Nixon. 

1858. The Rev. Frederick Fitzgerald, A.M., appointed to the 
incumbency of Donnybrook, 6th January, the parish 
having been constituted a perpetual curacy, 1st of same 

1858. For particulars of the several Parochial Institutions 
of Booterstown at this date, see the "Booterstown Parish 
Almanack, 1858." The Almanack was issued likewise for 
the following year. 

1858. The Presbyterian Church, near Irishtown, erected. 

1859. The enlargement of St. Mary's Church, Donnybrook, 
by the addition of a chancel and transepts, commenced in 
the latter part of this year, under the direction of Joseph 
Welland, Esq., Architect to the Ecclesiastical Commis- 
sioners for Ireland. 


(FEOM THE TEAK 1580.) 

[For a list of the Archdeacons of Dublin, with 
particulars, see Cotton's " Fasti Ecclesiae Hiber- 
nica," vol. ii. pp. 127-132.] 

1580. Henry Ussher, D.D., the first Fellow of Trinity Col- 
lege, and Treasurer of Christ Church, Dublin. In 1595 
he became Archbishop of Armagh ; but continued to hold 
the archdeaconry until his death in 1613. See p. 64. 

1613. Launcelot Bulkeley, A.M.; became Archbishop of 
Dublin in 1619. 

1G19. Anthony Martin, D.D., Prebendary of Castleknock. 
In 1623 he was likewise Dean of Waterford : in 1625 he 
became Bishop of Meath ; and in 1645 Provost of Trinity 
College, of which he had been a Fellow. 

1625. John Haines. 

1636. William Bulkeley, A.M. (son of the Archbishop), 
Chancellor of St. Patrick's, Dublin (?) ; died in 1671. 

1672. Michael Delaune, A.M. 

1675. John Fitzgerald, B.D., late Prebendary of Donogh- 
more ; resigned in 1689. 

1690. Dive Downes, B.D., Senior Fellow of Trinity Col- 
lege ; became Bishop of Cork and Ross in 1699. 

1699. Richard Reader, D.D., Chancellor of Christ Church, 
and Dean of Emly. In 1700 he resigned the deanery 
and archdeaconry, and became Dean of Kilmore. 

1700. Enoch Reader, D.D., Dean of Kilmore: died in 1709, 

having held likewise the deanery of Emly. 


1710. Thomas Hawley : died in 1715. 

1715. Robert Dougatt, A.M. ; became Precentor of St. Pa- 
trick's in 1719. See p. 73. 

1719. Charles Whittingham, D.D. ; died in 1743. See 
p. 72. 

1743. Nicholas Synge, D.D., Prebendary of Malahiderr, 
and Precentor of Elphin ; became Bishop of Killaloe in 

1745. Richard Pococke, LL.D., Precentor of "Waterford, 
and of Lismore; in 1756 became Bishop of Ossory, and 
was translated to Meath in 1765. See p. 75. 

1757. Isaac Mann, D.D., likewise Precentor of Christ Church ; 
became Bishop of Cork & Ross in 1772. See p. 74. 

1772. Edward Bayly, D.D., Dean of Ardfert; died in 

1785. Thomas Hastings, LL.D., Precentor of St. Patrick's ; 
died in 1794. 

1794. Robert Fowler, A.M., son of the Archbishop ; became 
Bishop of Ossory in 1813. 

1813. James Sanrin, A.M., Dean of Cork; in 1818 be- 
came Dean of Deny, and Bishop of Dromore in 1819. 

1818. John Torrens, D.D., likewise Rector of Narragh- 
more, in the diocese of Kildare ; died in 1851. See 
p. 97. 

1851. John West, D.D., Prebendary of Yagoe, and Vicar of 
St. Anne's, Dublin. The present Archdeacon. 

Incumbents uf gaotmtoiw. 

1824. Jamea Buhver, A.M. 

1825. Anthony Silleiy, A.M. 
1832. Robert Herbert Nixon, A.M. 

1857. Beaver Henry Blacker, A.M., the present Incumbent. 


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1858. Frederick Fitzgerald, A.M., the present Incumbent. 

Chaplain 0f $1 MK'S, 

1850. William de Burgh, D.D., the present Chaplain. 

s of St. SJattljeiu's, ptpntfr, 

1723. John Bohereau, alias Borough. 

1726. Michael Hartlib, likewise Rector of Killary, or Kil- 
larvey, in the diocese of Meath. 

1741. Isaac Mann, D.D., likewise Rector of Killary, or 
Killarvey, and afterwards Archdeacon of Dublin. 

1750. Theophilus Brocas, A.M., likewise Dean of Killala. 
1764. John Brocas, A.M., likewise Dean of Killala. 

1795. Robert Ball, LL.B., likewise Prebendary and Vicar 
of Drumholm, in the diocese of Raphoe. 

1828. John Evans Johnson, A.B., now D.D., and Archdeacon 

of Ferns. 
1831. Richard Henry Wall, D.D., the present Chaplain. 


1821. 7 

1822. > Robert Alexander and James Digges La Toache. 

1823. ) 

1825 ( Robert Al exand er and Isaac Matthew D'Olier. 
1826. Isaac Matthew D'Olier and Samuel John Pittar. 


1827. Robert Roe and Henry Lanauze. 

1828. John Elliott Hyndman and Charles Smith. 

1829. John Elliott Hyndman and Henry Laiiauze. 

1830. Hill Wilson and Patrick Stack. 

1831. Jonathan Deverell and John Gillman. 

1832. Henry Cole and William Henry. 

1833. Henry Higinbotham and John Woods. 

1834. Isaac Matthew D'Olier and Charles Smith. 

1835. Sir J. H. Cairncross, K.C.B., and Hickman Kearney. 

1836. Thomas Beasley and Joseph Webster Talbot. 

1837. Arthur Ormsby and John Gillman. 

1838. Captain J. F. Cockburn and Charles Fletcher. 

1839. Capt William Osborne and Nicholas W. Monsarrat. 

1840. James Kelly and Henry Carey Field, M.D. 

1841. George Bury and Richard Purdy. 

1842. Robert Kelly and Captain Charles Woodward. 

1843. Major William St. Clair and Digby Marsh. 

1844. Edmund Ball and Charles John Bond. 

1845. Captain William Smyth and Edward Browne. 

1846. Colonel Joseph Kelsall and Henry \Vm. Mulvany. 

1847. Captain Richard J. Annesley and Wm. Penncfathcr. 

1848. Hugh Carmiclmel and James Wright. Captain An- 

nesley, vice Wright, resigned. 

1849. Edward Browne and D.ivid Wilson llutcheson. 

1851 I Co}onQl Josc P h KeUa11 and Jose l )h Webstcr Talbot. 

1852. John Fitzgerald and George Reade Mac Mullen. 

1853. John Maturin and John Fitzgerald. 

1854. William P. Alcock and George Reade Mac Mullen. 

1855. John Fitzgerald and George Reade Mac Mullen. 

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1856. George Reade Mac Mullerf and Eugene LeClerc, M.D. 

Richard Waring Pittar, vice Mac Mullen, deceased. 

1857. John Maturin and Henry Loftus Tottenham. 

1858. Henry Leland Keily and Edward Clark. 

1859. George Charles Armstrong, M.D., and John Reid. 

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(FROM THE TEAR 1825.) 

1825. Francis Thos. Russell and Robert Wright. 

1826. Francis Thos. Russell and Daniel Ashford. 

1827. Thomas Wright and James Hill. 

1828. Capt. Christopher Foss and Thos. Popham Lascombe. 

1829. James Jameson and Alderman Thomas Abbott. 

1830. Captain C. Foss and Henry D'Anvers. 

1831. Charles Tisdall and Crofton Fitzgerald. 

1832. Captain C. Foss and Courtney Kenny Clarke. 

1833. Crofton Fitzgerald and J. V. E. Cartwright. 

1834. Alderman Arthur Morrisson and William Power. 

1835. Captain Wm. Loftus Otway and Sir Richard Baker. 

1836. Theophilus Page and Captain W. L. Otway. 

1837. Robert Corbet and James F. Madden. 

1838. John Porter and John Semple, jun. 

1839. Captain W. L. Otway and Robert Lovely. 

1840. Thomas Bridgford and George M. Waltliew. 

1841. Henry Humphry? and John Hawkins Askins. 

1842. Patrick William Brady and William Henry Murray. 

1843. John Hewson and Robert Lovely. 

1844. Patrick Wm. Brady and George M. Walthew. 


1845. Robert Lovely and C&ptain William Harris. 

1846. John Hewson and Wm. V. R. Ruckley. 
J 847. Henry Forde and Edward R. P. Colles. 

1848. Daniel Kinahan and John Wight 

1849. Captain John W. Welsh and Robert Lovely. 

1850. Wm. V. R. Ruckley and James Kildahl Atkin. 

1851. John Taylor Hamerton and Henry Humphreys. 

1852. Alexander Sanson and James Jameson. 

1853. Bartholomew M. Tabuteau and Thos. H. Taylor. 

1854. Edward J. Quinan, M.D., and Robert B. Brunker. 

1855. Wm. V. R. Ruckley and Francis Salmon. 

1856. John Browne Johnston and John Richardson. 

1857. Edward Blacker and George Torrauce. 

1858. Wm. V. R. Ruckley and Edward C. F. Hornsby. 

1859. William Henry Morris and John Brereton. 

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